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Name: Raymond Auerbach

Raymond Auerbach

Designation: Associate Professor, Plant Production
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Qualification(s): PhD (Wageningen, Holland); MSc (UKZN); BioDynamic Consultant (Australia, 4 year qualification); various short-courses.
Area of expertise/interest: Organic Farming, Food Quality, Farming Systems Research and Extension; Sustainable Rural Development and Climate Change; Indigenous Technical Knowledge; Integrated Catchment Management.
Current research: Food Quality & Organic Farming (seminar, London, & Peer-reviewed paper); Indigenous Technical Knowledge and Organic Farming (research proposal); comparisons between organic & conventional farming (research proposal); development of sustainable agriculture in Africa (involvement with South African Organic Sector Organisation & RDF grant).
Community engagement/ collaborative projects: As above – involved with various organic co-operatives and community development projects.
Contact number / e-mail address: raymond.auerbach@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Bianca Currie

 

Designation: Programme Manager: Nature Conservation and Game Ranch Management Deputy head of the Sustainability Research Unit

School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management

Highest qualification(s): M Tech Nature Conservation 
Area of expertise/interest: Social learning, Social Ecological System, Adaptive Management
Current research: PhD research on social learning in participatory modelling processes taking place in socio ecological systems; Tierkop research project - action research on technologies for sustainable living.
Recent publications / conference papers:

  • Barendse, J., Roux, D., Currie, B., Wilson, N., and Fabricius, C. 2016.  A broader view of stewardship to achieve conservation and sustainability goals in South Africa South African Journal of Science
  • Fabricius, C., and Currie, B. 2015. Adaptive Co-Management. Pages 147–179 in C. R. Allen and A. S. Garmestani, editors. Adaptive Management of Social-Ecological Systems. Springer Netherlands. 

Community engagement/ collaborative projects: N/A
Membership of public forums and committees: Committee Member of the South Cape Wetland Forum
Contact number: Work: 044 801 5111 / e-mail address: bianca.currie@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Marianne Doubell

Marianne Doubell

Designation: Director of School
School/Department: School of Business and Social Sciences
Highest qualification(s): PhD
Area of expertise/ academic interest: Gender studies, management and cross-cultural communication (Socio- and Psycholinguistics)
Current research: PhD Business Management
Examples of recent publications and conference papers: AWBMAMD International Business Conference: Women in Leadership; SAIMS conference: Business advantage of women in management
Membership of public forums and committees: South African Institute of Management Sciences (SAIMS); Academy of World Business and Management Development (AWBMAND); THEPSA executive committee and TEECSA (Tourism Educators of South Africa)
Contact number: Work: 044 801 5111 / e-mail address: marianne.doubell@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Johan Jordaan

Designation: Senior Lecturer 
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Highest qualification(s): B.Sc. Agric (Free State); B.Sc. Agric(Hons) (Pretoria); B. Admin(Hons) (Stellenbosch); MBA (Stellenbosch)
Area of expertise/ academic interest: Agricultural Management & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Current research: Financial, Economic and Entrepreneurial issues in agro-based enterprises.
Examples of recent publications and conference papers:

  1. Peer-reviewed publications
    • Brand, T.S., Terblanche, S. & Jordaan, J.W. 2014. Conception rate and fecundity of Dohne Merino ewes in a continuous mating system. South African Journal of Animal Science 44(5): 64 - 69.
    • Terblanche, S., Brand, T.S., Jordaan, J.W. & van der Walt, J.C., 2012 Production response of lambs receiving creep feed while grazing two different pastures. South African Journal of Animal Science 42(5): 535 - 539.
    •  Grobler, H.J.F., Jordaan, J.W. and Van der Rijst, M., 2012. Factors affecting the auction price of Veldram performance tested Dorper rams in Namibia. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension 39 (2): 1-14.
    • Jordaan, JW and Grobler, HJF, 2011. Farmer support and extension to land reform farms in the Central Karoo - Part 1: a baseline survey of farm potential, farmer profiles and farm management knowledge and practices. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension 39 (1): 35-44.
    • Jordaan, JW and Grobler, HJF, 2011. Farmer support and extension to land reform farms in the Central Karoo - Part 2: a baseline assessment of farm-level economic viability. South African Journal of Agricultural Extension 39 (1): 45-54.
    • Brand, T.S. and  Jordaan, J.W. 2011. The contribution of the South African ostrich industry to the national economy. Journal of Applied Animal Husbandry 4 (1) (online)  URL: http://www.sasas.co.za/aahrd/2011/1   
  1. Chapters in books

·       Jordaan, J.W. & Taylor, G.J., 2014. Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Agricultural Education and Training. In: Swanepoel, FJC, Ofir, Z and Stroebel, A. (Eds) 2014. Towards Impact and Resilience: Transformative Change In and Through Agricultural Education and Training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne. UK.

·       Jordaan J.W. & Brand T.S. 2014. Financial Management. Manual for Ostrich Production. Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.

  1. Conference papers and popular publications

·         Jordaan, JW and Taylor, GJ. Innovation at the local level: experiences of a South African university in the transfer of knowledge and technology to rural and peri-urban agricultural enterprises through business incubation. 7th Conference of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, Beauvais, France, 27 – 29 June 2011.

·         Taylor, GJ and Jordaan, JW. The role of Agricultural Education and Training Institutions (AETs) to develop entrepreneurs for sustainable rural development: a South African experience of integrating entrepreneurship in agricultural higher education. 7th Conference of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture, Beauvais, France, 27 – 29 June 2011.

·         HJF Grobler, JW Jordaan, GJ Taylor & M van der Rijst. The relationship between growth performance of Namibian Veldram-tested Dorper rams and the growth performance of their progeny. 44th Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Animal Sciences, Stellenbosch, 11 – 14 July 2011.

·         Jordaan JW & Brand TS. 2010. Huidige winsgewendheid van slagvoëlproduksie: bestuursfaktore wat wins beinvloed. Presentation at annual Ostrich Research Information seminar, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Oudtshoorn, 3 June 2010.

·         Jordaan JW, Grobler HJF & Matthee SW. 2010. Land Reform in the arid Central Karoo: a baseline assessment of farm-level economic viability and implications for extension delivery. South African Society for Agricultural Extension National Conference, 3 - 7 May 2010, Club Mykonos, Langebaan. (Received “Best paper” award)

Community engagement / collaborative projects: Project in collaboration with Western Cape Department of Agriculture (Eden district) to assess economics of land-reform farms and training of farmers in economics and financial literacy. 

Membership of public forums and committees: Member of Agricultural Economics Society of SA

Member of African Farm Management Association

Contact number: 044 801 5111 / e-mail address: johan.jordaan@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Maryna Lehmann-Maritz

Maryna Lehmann

Designation: Programme Co-ordinator: Agricultural Management / Lecturer
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Qualification(s): BSc (Agric) UP; MTech (Agric) Nelson Mandela University
Area of expertise/interest: Ruminant Nutrition
Community engagement / collaborative projects: Outeniqua Dairy Study Group Veld Assessments ( Kannaland)

Membership of public forums and committees: WCARF ( Western Cape Agricultural Research Forum)

Contact number: Work: 044 801 5055 / e-mail address: maryna.lehmann@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Josua H. Louw

Josua H. Louw

Designation: Associate Professor and Director of School
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Qualification(s): BSc Forestry; Postgraduate Diploma in Terrain Evaluation; BSc(Hons) Forestry; MSc Forestry; PhD Natural Science
Area of expertise/interest: Forestry, Soil Science, Landscape Ecology, Environmental Management
Current research: Forest Soil Science, Landscape Ecology
Contact number / e-mail address: josua.louw@nmmu.ac.za


 Name: Willie Louw

Designation: Principal Lecturer
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management, Forestry
Qualification(s): MSc (Forestry)
Area of expertise/interest: Forest Management and Forest Mensuration
Current Research: History of Forestry and blended learning
Contact number / e-mail address: willie.louw@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Barry Muller

Barry Muller

Designation: Lecturer - Wood Technology
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Qualification(s): BSc Forestry
Area of expertise/interest: Primary wood processing
Current research: MTech Forestry
Contact number: Work: 044 801 5013 / e-mail address: barry.muller@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Tiaan Pool

Designation: Programme Co-ordinator/Lecturer: Forestry & Veldfire
School/Department: School for Natural Resource Management, Forestry programme
Qualification(s): M-Tech Forestry
Area of expertise/interest: Veldfire Management
Examples of recent publications and conference papers: Integrated wildfire risk analysis: economic, social and environmental considerations - International Forestry Conference 2009
Membership of public forums and committees: SAIF,National Veldfire Work group,SCFPA

Community engagement/ collaborative projects: Fire Management Symposium, 

Contact number: 044 801 5024 / e-mail address: tiaan.pool@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Anton Schmidt

Designation: Programme Co-ordinator: Nature Conservation & Game Ranch Management
School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Qualification(s): BSc (Zoology & Botany) (University of Natal); BSc Hons (Wildlife Management) (University of Pretoria); MSc (Wildlife Management) (University of Pretoria)
Area of expertise/ academic interest: Veld and Game Management
Current research: Ph.D. research: Identification of Ecosystem Thresholds in Arid Mosaic Thicket
Contact number: Work: 044 801 5043 / e-mail address: anton.schmidt@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Richard Müller

Designation: Programme Co-ordinator: Wood Technology
Faculty/School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management
Highest qualification(s): B.Sc. Wood Science; B.Eng (Mechanical); M.Sc Wood Science
Area of expertise/ academic interest: Timber Drying; Timber Preservation

Membership of public forums and committees: Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF).
Contact number: Work: 044 801 5015;
e-mail address: Richard.Muller@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Tineke Kraaij

Designation: Research and Lecturer 

Faculty/School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management - Department of Nature Conservation

Highest qualification(s): PhD (Botany)

Area of expertise/ academic interest: Vegetation ecology, Fire ecology, Fynbos ecology, Plant invasions, Plant-herbivore interactions

Recent publications and conference papers: Kraaij T, Baard JA, Rikhotso DR, Van Wilgen BW & Cole N. In press. Assessing the efficiency of invasive alien plant management in a large fynbos protected area. Bothalia: African Biodiversity and Conservation

Van Wilgen BW, Fill JM, Baard JA, Cheney C, Forsyth AT & Kraaij T. 2016. An assessment of the historical and projected future costs and effectiveness of invasive alien plant control in protected areas in the Cape Floristic Region. Biological Conservation 200:168-177. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.06.008

Kraaij T, Baard JA & Crain BJ. 2016. Conservation status and management insights from tracking a cryptic and Critically Endangered species of Orchidaceae. Oryx doi: 10.1017/S0030605316000272

Treurnicht M, Pagel J, Esler KJ, Schutte-Vlok AL, Nottebrock H, Kraaij T, Rebelo AG & Schurr FM. 2016. Environmental drivers of demographic variation across the global geographical range of 26 plant species. Journal of Ecology 104:331-342. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12508

Baard JA & Kraaij T. 2014. Alien flora of the Garden Route National Park, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 94(3):51-63. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2014.05.010

Kraaij T & van Wilgen BW. 2014. Drivers, ecology and management of fire in fynbos. In: Fynbos: ecology, evolution, and conservation of a megadiverse region, Allsopp N, Colville JF & Verboom GA (eds.), pp. 47-72. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Kraaij T, Cowling RM & van Wilgen BW. 2013. Fire regimes in eastern coastal fynbos: imperatives and thresholds in managing for diversity. Koedoe 55(1):Art. #1104, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v55i1.1104

Kraaij T, Cowling RM, van Wilgen BW & Schutte-Vlok A-L. 2013. Proteaceae juvenile periods and post-fire recruitment as indicators of minimum fire return interval in eastern coastal fynbos. Applied Vegetation Science 16:84-94. doi:10.1111/j.1654-109X.2012.01209.x

Kraaij T, Cowling RM & van Wilgen BW. 2013. Lightning and fire weather in eastern coastal fynbos shrublands: seasonality and long-term trends. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(3):288-295. doi:10.1071/WF11167

Kraaij T, Baard JA, Cowling RM, van Wilgen BW & Das S. 2013. Historical fire regimes in a poorly-understood, fire-prone ecosystem: eastern coastal fynbos. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(3):277-287. doi:10.1071/WF11163

Kraaij T, Cowling RM & van Wilgen BW. 2011. Past approaches and future challenges to the management of fire and invasive alien plants in the new Garden Route National Park. South African Journal of Science 107(9/10): Art. #633, 11 pages, doi:10.4102/sajs.v107i9/10.633.

Van Wilgen BW, Govender N, Forsyth GG & Kraaij T. 2011. Towards adaptive fire management for biodiversity conservation: experience in South African National Parks. Koedoe 53(2): Art. #982. doi:10.4102/koedoe.v53i2.982

Community engagement / collaborative projects: Associate with Centre of Coastal Palaeoscience; Member of Honeybush Community of Practice

Membership of public forums and committees: Review board editor for the South African Journal of Botany (2014-date).

Contact number: 044 801 5018 / e-mail address: tineke.kraaij@nmmu.ac.za  


Name: Muedanyi Ramantswana

Designation: Forest Engineering lecturer

Faculty/School/Department: School of Natural Resource Management - Faculty of Science

Highest qualification(s): National Diploma Forestry (Nelson Mandela University);Baccalaureus Technologiae: Forestry (Nelson Mandela University);Magister Technologiae: FORESTRY (Nelson Mandela University);Certificate in Business management (UNISA)

Area of expertise/ academic interest: Forest Engineering – Ground based harvesting equipment and systems, harvest planning, timber transport, general health and safety in timber harvesting operations. Special interest in hardwood processing equipment. 

Recent publications and conference papers: 

Publications:

  • A comparison between excavator-based harvester productivity in coppiced and planted Eucalyptus grandis compartments in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa:  Muedanyi Ramantswana*, Andrew McEwan and Jaap Steenkamp; Southern Forests journal of forest science 2013
  • Determining the effect of tree size, bark-wood bond strength and tree form on the productivity of anExcavator-based harvester in Acacia mearnsii in the Kwazulu-Natal forestry region of South Africa. Muedanyi Ramantswana, Andrew McEwan & Jeanette Pauw; Southern Forests Journal of Forest Science 2012
  • Acacia mearnsii debarking: comparing the productivity and costs of different debarking machines and systems in the Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga forestry regions of South Africa. Andrew McEwan, John Eggers and Muedanyi Ramantswana; Forest Engineering South Africa (FESA) & ICFR bulletin, August 2011.

Conferences

  • FESA Focus on Engineering conference 2012 (Mpumalanga White river). Presented a research paper on “Determining the effect of tree size, bark-wood bond strength and tree form on the productivity of an excavator-based harvester in the KwaZulu-natal forestry region of South Africa”
  • Nordic Baltic conference 2012 – OSCAR in Latvia (Riga). Presented a research paper on “Determining the effect of tree size, bark-wood bond strength and tree form on the productivity of an excavator-based harvester in the Kwazulu-natal forestry region of South Africa.”
  • FESA Focus on Engineering conference 2013 (KwaZulu-Natal Howick). Presented a research paper on “A comparison of harvester productivity and stump volume waste in coppiced and planted Eucalyptus grandis pulpwood compartments”
  • FESA Focus on Engineering conference 2014 (Mpumalanga Piet Retief). Presented a research paper on “Dealing with coppice: Using a harvester head for herbicide application - operational results”

Membership of public forums and committees: Full member of the South African Institute of Forestry (SAIF) - Focus on Forestry Bi-annual conference

Contact number: 044 801 5022 e-mail address: Muedanyi.ramantswana@nmmu.ac.za


Name: Dr Takalani Ramukumba

Designation: Lecturer 

Faculty/School/Department: Tourism department

Highest qualification(s): D Phil

Area of expertise/ academic interest: Tourism and Local Economic Development (LED)

Recent publications and conference papers: 

Recent publications

  • T. Ramukumba* Prof N. Ferreira1 2016. The role of government in support of tourism businesses. A perspective from guest houses in the Eden District Municipality, South Africa. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, (VOLUME 5 (1) 2016) article number 8.

  • T. Ramukumba* Prof N. Ferreira1 2016. Contribution of guest houses to local economic development through procurement of locally produced products and services in the Eden district region. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, (VOLUME 5 (1) 2016).

Conferences

  • Perceived constraints of adopting sustainable business practices by guest houses in Eden district municipality (presented at SAIMS conference, (September 2016).  

  • Perceived benefits of adopting sustainable business practices by guest houses in Eden district municipality (presented at TESA conference, (September 2016).

Membership of public forums and committees: George business chamber EXCO member, Outeniqua Tourism Association (OTA) committee member

Contact number: 044 801 5572 / e-mail address: takalani.ramukumba@nmmu.ac.za 

 


Name: Ellen Erasmus-Morton

Designation: Lecturer 

Faculty/School/Department: Department of Applied Languages

Highest qualification(s):BA (Hons) Applied Linguistics

Contact number: 044 8015142

e-mail address: Ellen.Erasmus-Morton@nmmu.ac.za