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School of Disaster Management

Dr. Rene Oosthuizen – Academic Dean

Rene has completed her Ph.D., which focused on explorative, descriptive and objective research to examine factors influencing the integration of Disaster Risk Management into Development Planning in the South African local government sphere, with specific reference to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality. The study evaluated to what extent Disaster Risk Management has been integrated into all facets of provincial, district and local government Development Planning. Rene holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Management and a BA Honours Degree in Public Administration. Rene’s Ph.D. Degrees and subsequent work experience focused extensively on the implementation and assessment of Social and Economic Development policies, and Advanced Strategic Management as effective tools to ensure sustainable service delivery.

In 2009, Rene was employed as a lecturer in the Department of Public Management at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Prior to that, she was employed as a lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), now Nelson Mandela University, for six years. Her areas of specialisation include Advanced Strategic Management, Public Policy Management, Programme and Project Management, and Research and Information Management.

Rene is an academic and policy analysis/development researcher with experience in conducting interviews, report writing, policy analysis, social and economic research and development monitoring. She has designed and implemented the above in the academic, non-governmental and governmental sectors, specialising in social and economic development issues.

Mr. Masterson Chipumuro – Senior Lecturer

Mr. Chipumuro studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). He completed his studies with Azaliah University in 2002 and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He then graduated with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Education Management with Technikon Pretoria, now the Tshwane University of Technology. He also studied holds a Diploma in Education, majoring in Mathematics with from the University of Zimbabwe, after completing an Advanced Level Certificate in Mathematics and Accounting.

Mr. Chipumuro joined Stenden South Africa in February 2016. Previously he worked at the Department of Education, assisting with Mathematics and Physical Science teaching at various coastal schools for three years. He also worked for three years as Human Resources and Marketing Manager for 43 Air School. Prior to that, he was Dean of the Faculty of Management and Information Technology with the Women’s University in Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mr. Chipumuro was a prominent part-time lecturer for CACC Learning Zimbabwe Institute in Corporate Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Research Methods. He has taught as an approved IMM Lecturer for the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) at both Jeppe College of Commerce, as well as at Computers Pretoria South Africa.

Currently, he holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Disaster Management at Stenden South Africa, lecturing 1st Year Research, 2nd Year Research and Logistics, and 3rd Year Research. This includes Managing Climate Change, Strategic Management, and Finance Management.

Mr. Pieter Smit – Practical Training Coordinator

Pieter Smit holds a B.Ed. (Hons), THED (Pretoria) and a Diploma from CEFT (Pretoria). He is a member of the SA Council for Counsellors, a member of the International Coaching Federation and holds the rank of Captains rank in the SANDF (Reserve Force). Pieter has 40 years of experience in the field of Education and Training and was responsible for the development of the practical component of the Disaster Management Degree.

Pieter’s primary tasks are the implementation of the practical component, coordinating field visits and career observation, as well as the character building and fitness components. He is also responsible for the Career Development programme for the Disaster Management students.

Mr. Luthando Sikade – Lecturer

Growing up, Luthando always had a passion for the outdoors, and after finishing high school, he knew that following this path was the only way forward for him. As a result, Luthando studied at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, graduating with a B.Sc. in Zoology and Microbiology.

After completing his studies Luthando worked for Bayworld Museum, Port Elizabeth, in the Marine and Herpetology department.

Luthando also studied towards his B.Sc. (Honours) through the University of Fort Hare.

Mr. Ruan Cannon – Practical Instructor

Ruan studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management through the University of South Africa.

He joined the Safety and Security Industry in 2003 and completed numerous courses specifically related to the industry. He later joined the American K9 Detection Unit in Afghanistan before completing a practical course in the same field where he obtained, amongst others, a First Aid level 4. After having gained vast experience in the Safety and Security Industry, he joined the Disaster Management School early in 2016 as the Practical Instructor. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing the practical component of the course to ensure that it remains relevant.