1. The Univen Agriculture Alumni Association (UAAA) Executive Committee At its meeting on the 13 April 2013 which took place at the Agricultural Research Council – Animal Production Institute, Irene Campus, the UAAA elected the following members:
Prof. TL Nedambale (Chairperson)
Prof. Tshimangadzo Lucky Nedambale obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Reproductive Technologies and MSc Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, USA. MSc. Agric and BSc Hons from University of Free State, BSc. Agric from University of Venda. His research interests are in Animal Physiology and Reproductive Biotechnologies involving the fundamental elements of reproductive biology necessary for development, systems that enhance the efficiency of animal reproduction for productivity. He is a Programme Manager of Germplasm Conservation & Reproductive Biotechnologies: ARC-Irene Institute, in South Africa. Moreover, he is the Chairperson of University of Venda Agricultural Alumni Association (UAAA). An extraordinaire Professor of Tshwane University of Technology, adjunct Professor of the University of Free State, Councillor of the South African Veterinary Council and Executive Board member of the Governors of the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) and member of the Research Team committee of the South Korean Chungnam National University (CNU. Furthermore, he is Board member of the UNISA Agriculture Advisory Committee, Board member of Madzivhandila and Ntompi Agricultural College. Before he joined the ARC, he was a Lab Scientific Director of Evergen Biotechnology Inc, USA and Research Associate of the University of Connecticut, USA. He was also an executive Board member of the World Academy of Young Scientist (WAYS). He is also actively involved as either a sub-editor or a reviewer of manuscripts for publication in local and international journals. He is a supervisor or co-supervisor of Masters and PhD students in several local and international universities. He has numerous publications in local and international journals, chapters in local/international books. Prof. TL Nedambale is also a technical advisor in the ministry of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), in South Africa. He has several projects that enhance and improve productivity in small-holder farmers.
Prof A Maiwashe (Vice Chairperson)
Prof A Maiwashe is currently employed by the Agricultural Research Council as a Programme Manager: Animal Breeding and Genetics. He is a proud graduate of the University of Venda where he obtained his BSc (Agric) degree. He holds a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in the USA. Prof Maiwashe is rated by the National Research Foundation as an established research scientist. His research focuses on development of selection tools applicable in breeding of efficient and profitable livestock. Most of the selection tools developed from his research have been adopted by the livestock industry and are widely used by farmers in their breeding programmes. The training of students at post-graduate level is also an important component of Prof Maiwashe’s research programme. He has produced numerous MSc and PhD students to date. Prof Maiwashe is a member of the following professional entities: Council of the South African Society of Animal Science, South African Council for Scientific Professions, South African Livestock Genomics Consortium and Council of the International Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.
Dr S. Mpandeli (General Secretary)
Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli is a Research Manager: Water Utilisation in Agriculture at the Water Research Commission (WRC). Before joining the WRC, Dr. Mpandeli worked at the Department of Environmental Affairs as Director: Climate Change Adaptation Resource Sectors at the Department of Environmental Affairs since October 2012. He was also a Specialist Advisor on Climate change Adaptation issues at the same department for a period of about three years. He is also a LEAD Fellow on Environment and Development issues. Before joining the Department of Environmental Affairs in November 2009, Dr Mpandeli worked at the Agricultural Research Council – Institute for Soil, Climate and Water for almost ten years. He was a programme Manager: Climate Change and Agricultural Risk Management since 2005. Some of his main responsibilities were: oversee the management of the climate change and agricultural risk management projects, market the climate change programme and also mentoring young scientists. Dr Mpandeli is a board member of the African Centre for Climate and Earth System (ACCESS) since 2012. He is also supervisor/co-supervisor of PhD students at the Universities of South Africa and Free State. He has completed a PhD degree in 2006 at the University of Witwatersrand. He also completed a master’s degree in Irrigation and Agronomy in 2001 at the University of Pretoria, between 1998 and 2002, he has also managed to finished two honours degrees, first honour degree in Horticulture and the second honour degree in Land Use Planning both at the University of Pretoria. He completed a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Agronomy and Soil Science in 1997 at the University of Venda. He has also completed several certificates on project management, leadership, financial management, leadership etc with various institutions. Dr Mpandeli fields of expertise are: Agrometeorology, seasonal climate forecasting, agronomy, irrigation and Agricultural Risk Management. Dr. Mpandeli has published several papers in international accredited journals across the globe on climate change adaptation and agriculture issues. He has also published book chapters in collaboration with international scientists especially on issues related to agriculture and climate change adaptation. Lastly, Dr. Mpandeli is one of the climate change adaptation negotiators at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change representing the South African government.
Contact details: Phone: (+27) 12 330 9740 and mobile (+27) 83 2604 946
Mr Khathutshelo Edward Tshipala (Treasurer)
Mr Khathusthelo E. Tshipala is an Executive Manager: Transnet SOC Ltd (Pr.Sci.Nat, SAIE&ES). Mr. Tshipala completed B. Agric (UNIVEN), B.Inst.Agrar (Hons) (UP), M.Inst. Agrar (Environmental Quality) (Masters) (UP), Masters Environmental Engineering (WITS), PGD – ES (Environmental Sciences) (The Netherlands), PGT-IASD (UK), PGT-EPSD (Norway), PGT-EMSI (The Netherlands). In Transnet SOC Limited he is responsible for environmental and sustainability portfolio within Transnet Capital Projects, a specialist unit within Transnet SOC Limited. Before joining Transnet SOC Limited, He worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as a Principal Environmental Specialist since 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Venda having graduated in a Bachelor of Agriculture in 1995. Mr Tshipala proceeded with his further studies at the University of Pretoria where he obtained his masters in plant protection focussing on environmental quality. In 2004, Mr. Tshipala obtained his second masters in environmental engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, and currently studying for a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) with the University of South Africa. Among the international flagship programmes is the master programme he did with the Vall Hall Instituut in the Netherlands which he completed in 2002. Mr. Tshipala has completed a number of other international certificate having spent six months in 2004 at the University of Oslo, Norway; six month in 2006 at the University of Manchester, the United Kingdom, and six months in 2006 at the University of Twente, the Nerthelands. Mr. Tshipala’s fields of expertise are: Environmental Governance, Environmental Management System, Sustainable Development, Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Auditing, Design for Environment (DfE), Design for Sustainability (DfS), Project Management, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Climate Change, Industrial Ecology, and environmental research in the context of infrastructure development. Mr Tshipala is amongst the founders, and the first interim Chairman of the University of Venda Agricultural Alumni Association (UAAA) in 2006, and continues to be a stronghold of the most prestigious former student organisation to the University. Mr. Tshipala is a registered natural scientist, environmental science category, in terms of Section 20(3) of the Natural Scientific professions act, 2003. He has published several books and articles in the environmental science and management field, and collectively he has 16 years of experience in this discipline.
Contact details: Phone: (+27) 11 308 4707 and mobile (+27) 83 200 1020
Mr Maanda Rambauli (Communication/Networking (PRO)
Mr Rambauli enrolled for the Bachelor degree at the University of Venda in 2000, majoring with Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology. He completed his junior degree in 2002 and graduated in 2003. He also received the Old Mutual Best Student Award in Bachelor of Agriculture in the School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry for 2002 academic year. In 2004, he enrolled for Honors degree at the University of Pretoria majoring in the Plant Production. Mr. Rambauli is a Manager of Plant Health Policies, Norms and Standards from the Directorate Plant Health in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He is responsible for administering the Agricultural Pests Act of 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983) which provides measures by which agricultural pests may be prevented and combated. He is also responsible for developing, reviewing, and amending plant legislation and policies with the purpose of preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of plant pests and diseases. Mr Rambauli has 8 years experience working in the field of plant health legislation and policies. He continues to represent the DAFF in international and national forums related to trade, phytosanitary legislation and policies. Mr Rambauli is the agricultural scientist by profession, and he is currently looking forward to pursue his studies in research focusing on legislation affecting horticultural industry in terms of production and trade.
Email: email@example.com, Cell: 071 765 0747
Mr Mashudu Silimela (Project Manager)
Mr Mashudu Silimela is currently employed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as a Deputy Director: International Plant Health Matters within the Directorate: Plant Health. His main function is to ensure compliance with the international plant health obligation and responsibilities for managing plant health (phytosanitary) risks and protecting South Africa agriculture and biodiversity from the risk of foreign pests and diseases; this is in line with the Agricultural Pests Act of 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983) and in accordance with South Africa’s membership of the World Trade Organization Agreement on the application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO SPS) as well as the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). This is done with the purpose of also ensuring compliance of plants and plant products and other regulated products during international trade (import and export). Mr Silimela is also responsible for the facilitation of technical phytosanitary bilateral and multilateral trade agreements with other countries. He is a proud graduate of the University of Venda where he obtained his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Horticulture and Plant Protection in 1997. He also completed an honours and master’s degree in Plant Protection at the University of Pretoria in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Mr Silimela is a member of different national and international forums. He continues to represent the DAFF in international and national forums with the purpose of facilitating safe international trade regarding phytosanitary matters.
UAAA Advisory Committee Members
Mr Ronald Nepfumbada (Former Chairperson)
Mr Nepfumbada has received his Msc Agric (Crop Science- 1999), University of Natal, Bsc Agric (Crop Science – 1995 ), University of Venda in South Africa. He worked as an Agricultural Management Advisor: ACT No 36 of 1947, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries from November 2008 to date (Pretoria), BayerCropscience: Product Development Specialist, January 2003 – 2008 (Gauteng), Aventis Cropscience: Research Scientist – Jan 2001 – December 2002 (Mpumalanga), Rhone Poulenc Agrichem: Field Research Scientist – August 1998 – December 2000 (Western Cape – Stellenbosch). He was a Chairperson of University Venda Agricultural Aunmni Asosciation (UAAA).
Mr Reckson Mulidzi (UAAA Advisory Member)
Mr Mulidzi is a Programme Manager for Soil and Water Science at ARC Institute for Fruits, Vine and Wine since. His research interest includes: Soil and Water pollution due to the disposal of winery wastewater through land application and or irrigation. Some of his responsibilities includes: To manage the successful execution and completion of programmes and projects in line with overall Corporate Strategy of the ARC and according to scientific standards. Mr Mulidzi completed his bachelor degree from University of Venda in 1997 majoring in Soil Science and Agronomy. His honours degree in Land Use Planning was completed in 1998 from University of Pretoria. In 2001, He completed his Masters degree (Land Use Planning) cumlaude from University of Pretoria. In 2008, He completed his Masters degree in Environmental Management from University of Stellenbosch. Mr Mulidzi is involved in lot of projects that deals with student development and mentoring. He is a member of the following bodies: South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and International Water Association specialist group on winery waste management. Mr Mulidzi has published several peer reviewed papers in national and International journals. He is steering committee member for four (4) Water Research Commission projects. Mr Mulidzi has registered for PhD in Soil Science and Geology at the University of Stellenbosch. Some of Mr Mulidzi’s achievements over the years includes: 2010 finalist for Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) excellence awards for outstanding black researcher. Nominated by ARC President to accompany the former Minister of Science and Technology Mr Mosibudi Mangena to Malawi for the signing of bilateral agreement between the two countries (12-18 August 2007). Awarded the best Research Manager token for the year 2006 by the Deciduous Fruit Producers Trust (DFPT).
Prof Fhatuwani Mudau (UAAA Advisory Member)
Prof Fhatuwani Nixwell Mudau completed a B.Sc Agric (Crop Science) at the University of Venda in 1996. He then registered M.Sc at the University of Stellenbosch where he researched on citrus nutrition. He completed PhD (Horticultural Sciences) at the University of Pretoria and he has done extensive research in herbal medicine. He has recently completed Master in Business Leadership (MBL) at UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership. His previous working experience includes Vista University VUDEC, Campus (Now Incorporated to University of South Africa), University of Venda and University of Limpopo as a Lecturer. In 2006, he was seconded to establish a fully funded Research Centre as an Associate Professor and Centre Manager known as Limpopo Agro Food Technology Station (LATS) by Tshumisano Trust (Now Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)). He then joined Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under Food and Beverages (Now Agro-Industries) Strategic Business Unit (SBU); HealthCare and Education (SBU) as a Specialist. He is currently a Chair of Department of Agriculture and Animal Health at University of South Africa. He has extensively published in both local and international Journals. He has received numerous funding for research from various research funders. His H-Index index is 9 and his work has been cited 91 times in both local and international journals. He has supervised MSc’s and M Agric and currently supervising a number of PhD students in the field of Horticultural Sciences. He has served as a Board member of South Horticultural Sciences Society and Rotondo Pty Ltd a subsidiary company under Industrial Development Corporation. He is a currently Board member of sci Crop Production Journal and a reviewer in local and International Journals. Prof Mudau has a vast experience in project development and Implementation in Agro Industries, Education and HealthCare sectors. He has extensive experience in managing mega projects; perform initial assessment on business proposals, due diligence investigations as well as presentation of written recommendations to credit, investment committees and investors.
Mr Aluoneswi Mafunwaini (UAAA Advisory Member)
Mr. Aluoneswi Elvis Mafunzwaini is currently a Chief Director: Rural Development in the Gauteng Provincial Government Department of Agriculture and Rural Development since August 2010. Before that he was a Business Development Manager responsible for grains and horticulture divisions of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) for six years. He also spent five years at DOA, now DAFF and Administrative Officer and Assistant Director. Mr. Mafunzwaini also worked as an educator in Limpopo Department of Education. Some of the projects he overseen or coordinated includes the development of agricultural education and training strategy, extension model, internship programme, Fresh Produce Innovation programme. Mr. Mafunzwaini was also a Board member and chairperson of Timbali technology Incubator and member of the Mapfura Makhura Incubator. He holds MSc (Environment and Society) from UP, BED (honours), B Agric degree in Education from Univen as well as Senior Management Programme certificate from UP
Mr Murembiwa Manyaga (UAAA Advisory Member)
Mr Murembiwa Charles Manyaga is a Scientist Manager: Research and Technology Development Services Directorate in the Gauteng Provincial Government Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) since 2009. Mr Manyaga started at the GDARD in 2000 as an Agricultural scientist. He went through the ranks of Senior Agric scientist (2003 to 2005), Assistant Director (2005 – 2007) and Deputy Director (2007 to 2009). Before he joined the Department, Mr Manyaga served for 2 years (1998 to 2000) as a Professional Development Programme of the ARC at Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Fruits in Nelspruit. Mr Manyaga is a graduate from University of Venda and Pretoria, who holds B Agric and B InstAgrar (Hons) respectively. He also hold Management Development Programme from University of Stellenbosch Business School.
2. Univen Law Alumni Association
The Univen Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as elected on the 22 August 2015 at Burgers Park Hotel Tshwane.
Advocate Unarine Makuya
Telephone: +27 79 547 0419
Ms. Mpho Stability Nefuri
Position: Deputy Chairperson
Telephone: +27 79 889 3599
Ms. Prudence Makhosazane Hlangwana
Telephone: +27 76 655 0346
Ms. Lerato Raphasha
Position: Deputy Secretary
Telephone: +27 71 190 1122
Mr Tshegofatso Kgarabjang
Position: Head of Communications
Telephone: +27 73 815 1178
Mr Dumisani Nghomane
Position: Head of Events and Marketing
Telephone: +27 73 699 5418
Advocate Mafanywa Mangammbi
Telephone: +27 73 699 5418
Mr Oriel Makhale
Position: Head of Membership and Recruitment
Telephone: +27 76 442 4025
Mr Oriel Vele
Position: Head of Fundraising
Telephone: +27 82 903 6818
Mr Kagiso Mphahlele
Position: Head of Research and Innovation
Telephone: +27 84 675 5990
Mr Temitope Obisanya
Position: Head of Special Projects and Community Outreach
Telephone: +27 76 996 6815