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The mission of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences is to facilitate the process for individuals, families, and communities to become more responsible for improving their well being in relation to their economic, social, cultural, political and physical environment. The primary focus is to improve peoples’ decision-making abilities in order help them make the best use of available resources. This is achieved through providing practical skills to students in the areas of Foods/Nutrition, Clothing production/Fashion design, Housing/housing interiors, Community outreach and Resource Management.

Graduates are prepared for careers in the formal (eg, teaching, community development, Extension work, Food/Clothing Industries) and informal sectors (eg Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management/Self employment in Foods/Catering, and Clothing production and related activities) sectors.

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

CODE NAME OF MODULE (Prerequisite in brackets)
FEC 1541: Introduction to Family Ecology
FEC 1641: Family Development and Management : (Prereq FEC1541)
FEC 1642: Introduction to nutrition
FEC 2541: Family resource management and decision making(Prereq FEC1641)
FEC 2542: Life-cycle nutrition(Prereq FEC1642)
FEC 2543: Introduction to foods
FEC 2544: Housing provisions
FEC 2545: Introduction to clothing and textiles
FEC 2641: Family financial management and consumer studies(Prereq FEC2541)
FEC 2642: Nutrition related diseases(Prereq FEC2542)
FEC 2643:: Food preservation(Prereq FEC2543)
FEC 2644: Ecology and design perspectives of housing(Prereq FEC2544)
FEC 2645: Garment construction and pattern design(Prereq FEC2545)
FEC 3541: Adult education , gender and development(Prereq FEC2641)
FEC 3542: Community nutrition(Prereq FEC2642)
FEC 3543: Meal management and food product development(Prereq FEC2643)
FEC 3544: Interior planning of houses(Prereq FEC2644)
FEC 3545: Fashion marketing & clothing industry consumer services(Prereq FEC2645)
FEC 3081: Research project / industrial attachment

Ass. Prof. LL Maliwichi (Head) B.Sc.(Agric)(Malawi), M.Sc.(Nutrition)(London), PhD(Cornell).
Tel: +27 15 962 8626
Fax: +27 15 962 8598

Selected Publications:

  1. Maliwichi LL, Simalenga TE, Oni SA, A Situational analysis of consumer science skills used to improve incomes and create self employment in the Limpopo province’ South Africa.International Journal of Consumer Studies Vol. 32: 399-401, 2008
  2. Maliwichi L.L , Oni S.A, Sifumba L, The Role of Small Scale Survivalist Enterprises in Generation of Household Incomes in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa, in Poverty in Africa (2009) ( Ed: Thomas W. Beasley), Nova publishers.
  3. Maliwichi -Nyirenda, C.P., Maliwichi, L.L., Poverty and Maternal Health in Malawi, in Poverty in Africa (2009) ( Ed: Thomas W. Beasley), Nova publishers.
  4. Kunjeku, E.C, Maliwichi, L.L., Oyster Mushroom Cultivation for Resource-Poor Farmers in Southern Africa in Poverty in Africa (2009) ( Ed: Thomas W. Beasley), Nova publishers.

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Animal Science.

Designation Staff memeber Contact Details

Ass. Prof. LL Maliwichi

Tel: +27 15 962 8626
Fax: +27 15 962 8598
Junior Lecturer

Masipa M P

Tel: +27 15 962 8630
Junior Lecturer

Malaza M T

Tel: +27 15 962 8627
Lab Technician

M Mulondo

Tel: +27 15 962 8627
Lab Technician

MA Mathaulula

Tel: +27 15 962 8630