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Dr Sannah Patience Nkami Mativandlela joined the University of Venda (UNIVEN) as the Director: Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance with effect from 01 August 2021. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science Honours degrees at UNIVEN. She further obtained her PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Pretoria, and Management Development certificate from Stellenbosch University. During her post-doctoral tenure, she received the 2009-2010 Department of Science and Technology / National Research Foundation scholarship award to study the in vitro and in vivo drug discovery models at the Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Georgia, United States of America. 

Dr Sannah Patience Nkami Mativandlela

She has over 15 years of unique blend of research and development experience. She brings her senior managerial expertise for effective management operating system, strategic administration initiatives, policy research, policy drafts and implementation, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies with an ability to coordinate and manage allocated aspects of organisation’s management programmes, knowledge support, quality systems, design systems and operational solutions. 

Before joining UNIVEN, Dr Mativandlela was the Director for Strategic Administration and Initiatives at the University of Johannesburg. She also worked as a Specialist Scientist, Research Team Manager and a Senior Manager at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) respectively. She was the secretariat and facilitated the Pathology Research Development (PathReD) biennial conference for the medical scientists, pathologists and public health medical registrars at NHLS. 

Her short-term goal is continuous contribution using her ideas and becoming an authority in the educational sector with a long-term goal of taking a bigger leadership role, responsibilities and interacting with multiple-disciplinary sectors globally. 

“I regard myself as a leader who focus on goal-oriented objectives, an advisor and committed to the work ethics, good governance by creating relationships based on mutual trust and understanding within a broad team, prioritise delivery of quality programmes, and take up the challenges in fulfilling all my responsibilities”. 

When welcoming Dr Mativandlela, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Corporate Services, Dr Robert Martin congratulated her on her new position and said that her skills and experience will be a definite asset to the University. 

Dr Mativandlela (seated on the right side) with Dr Robert Martin (seated on the left side) and other Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance staff members

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Issued by: 

Department of Marketing, Branding & Communication 

University of Venda 
Tel: (015) 962 8525 /8710 
Date: 10 August 2021 

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