Acting Dean of Faculty


School Registrar

Ms Nobulali Mathimba

Telephone: 053 491 0369

Officer: Administration

Ms Unathi Mqongwana

Telephone: 053 491 0094

Senior School Administrator

Ms Angelique Sediti

Telephone: 053 491 0224

Senior School Administrator

Ms Babalwa Ma-awu

Telephone: 053 491 0069

School Administrator

Ms Kehilwe Lesiba

Telephone: 053 491 0154

General introduction

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Sciences is a small but dynamic department in the Faculty of NAS which focuses currently on undergraduate training in biology, zoology and botany.

The Agriculture programme is set to be launched only in 2020, together with a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences. Our aim is to produce well-rounded biologists and conservation ecologists that will be able to make a significant input to biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability programmes in South Africa but also within a global context.

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The Department has strong botanical and zoological disciplines which contribute to a well-balanced undergraduate biological sciences programme. Seven full-time academics and two support staff cater to the needs of students at all levels. Focal areas of research, based on staff expertise and interests, cover aspects such molecular systematics, phylogenetics, plant eco-physiology, population ecology, avian moult and migration, aquatic macro-ecology, landscape ecology, plant-invertebrate interactions, and mammalian herbivory.

Future research thrusts and niches include responses of plants and animals to climate change, arid zone ecology and adaptation, invasive biology, and wetland conservation and management, particularly within the Northern Cape Province.


Head of DepartmentSenior Lecturer, Zoology: Dr DM Harebottle

PhD (UCT); MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (UKZN)

Senior Lecturer, Plant Production: Dr KG Shadung

PhD, MSc, BSc (UL)

Lecturer, Agriculture: Ms MA Bopape

MTech; BTech (TUT)

Lecturer, Botany: Ms E Nenzhelele

MSc (UCT); BSc Hons; BSc (Univen)

Lecturer, Botany: Dr T Musvuugwa

PhD (SU); MSc (UCT); BSc Hons (NUST, Zimbabwe)

Lecturer, Zoology: Mr RV Modiba

MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (Univen)

Lecturer, Bontany: Mr L Magoswana

M.Sc., B.Sc. Hons, B.Sc. (UWC)

Laboratory Technician, Ms M Digashu

BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) is one of four departments in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science.

Its main objective is to respond dynamically to the evolution in computer technology and ICT.

The Department offers various undergraduate and postgraduates qualifications in the field of Computer Science, ICT and Data science. The programmes offered are; Diploma in ICT (Application Development), BSc Computer Science and Mathematics, BSc Data Science and BSc Hons in Data Science.

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By studying programs offered in the Department, students gain not only knowledge but also a unique way of thinking about creating solutions to real-world problems using computational thinking. 

Through innovative teaching-learning process and teamwork approach, our curriculums will give learners a great understanding of the digital world in a deeper way, which will allow them to adapt more quickly to technological change. 

Through industry-institute collaboration such Accenture Campus Internship programme, the Department provides a platform for learners to enhance their employability skills. 

The Department has a team of 16 highly enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated full-time staff members who are always ready to engage with learners and through their ongoing research, are well informed of about new developments in the field of computing and ICT.


Head of Department: Lecturer, Computer Science: Mr T Baitshenyetsi
MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (NWU); SAP

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Information Technology: Professor Olugbenga Oluwagbemi
Postdoc (Stellenbosch University); PhD, Computer Science (CU); Fulbright Certificate (Johns Hopkins University, USA); Advanced Certificate (Rochester, USA); MSc, Computer Science (Unibadan); BSc, Computer Science (Unilorin)

Senior Lecturer, Information Technology: Dr T Tuyikeze
PhD (UFH); MIT (NMMU); BTech (NMMU); NDip (WSU)

Senior Lecturer: Computer Science: Dr Akugbe Arasomwan
Dip (Data Processing); BSc; MSc; PhD in Computer Science

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science: Dr Colin Chibaya
MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science: Dr Micheal Olusanya

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science: Dr Obagbuwa Ibidun Christiana
PhD (UKZN) MSc (UNIPORT, Nigeria), BSc.HONS (UNILORIN, Nigeria

Lecturer, Computer Science; Dr AJ Mwanza

Senior Lecturer, Information Systems: Dr T Gundu
PhD; MCom; BSc Hons; BSc (UFH); Dip. PC Maintenance & Network; Dip. Web Designing & E-Commerce (BCE, London)

Lecturer, Computer Science, Mr L Serutla
MSc (Sherfield, UK); BSc (NUL)

Lecturer, Information Systems: Ms FT Matsebula
MTech (TUT)

Lecturer, Computer Science: Ms N Mpofu
MSc (Zimbabwe)

Lecturer, Computer Science: Dr Silas Verkijika
PhD (UFS); MSc (UFS); BSc (UFS)

Junior Lecturer, Information Technology: Mrs E Mamabolo
BTech (TUT); BSc (Vista)

Lecturer, Information Technology: Mrs M Modiba
NDip Software development (TUT), BTech Support Services (TUT), MTech Information Networks (TUT)

Lecturer, Computer Science: Mrs M Mokeresete
MSc, BSc Hons (NWU), BSc (Amity)

Lecturer, Information Systems: Mr ETC  Makhoere
MCom, BCom Hons, BCom (NWU)

Lecturer, Computer Science: Mr K Madzima
MSc Computer Science (NUST, Zimbabwe), BSc Mathematics & Computer Science (Enrique Jose Varona, Cuba), PGDip(HE) (Rhodes) 

The Mathematics Sciences Department is comprised of dedicated individuals who are conversant and passionate about the teaching of mathematical sciences and who believe in creating an environment which is safe and welcoming for students.

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The Department believes in providing diverse learning experiences, offering multiple avenues of learning and is committed to preparing graduates who will be able to work in different areas such as teaching, theoretical research and quantitative work in industrial organisations.

Most courses in the fields of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics are all available for students to explore.

The Department endeavours to equip our students with the following attributes; confidence in the ability to use any mathematical sciences concepts, problem-solving and creativity skills, leadership skills. Such skills will build character in our students, stimulate healthy ideas, and achieve our educational objective of producing talented graduates who will contribute to the development of the nation.

The Department focuses on the following research areas:

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Machine learning
  • Biostatistics
  • Linear Models.


Head of Department: Senior Lecturer, Applied Mathematics: Dr ST Sikwila

PhD (Univ Limerik, Ireland); BSc Hons (UZ)

Senior Lecturer, Applied Mathematics: Dr D Mothibi
PhD (NWU), MSc (SU), BSc Hons, BSc (NWU)

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics: Dr S Nkokobe
PhD (RU), MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UFH)

Lecturer, Applied Mathematics: Mr R Bappoo
MPhil (NUST, Zimbabwe), BA Hons (Delhi University, India), PG Dip (Higher Education) (RU), Ed Planning & Admin (New Delhi), ACE (UKZN)

Lecturer, Statistics: Mr MI Mabokgole

Lecturer, Statistics: Mr L Chaka
MSc, BSc Hons (Unisa), BSc (ZOU)

Lecturer, Statistics: Mr A Whata
MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UZ)

Lecturer, Statistics and Operations Research: Mr A Antwi
MSc (UniVen), BSc Hons, BSc (KNUST, Ghana), Dip (UCC, Ghana)

Lecturer, Mathematics, Mr ZB Shozi
MSc (SU), BSc Hons, BSc (UniZulu)

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics, Dr BE Inyangala
PhD (UCT), MPhil (Moi U, Kenya), BEd (Science) (Kenyatta University, Kenya)

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics, Dr M Devi
PhD (JUIT), MSc, BSc (HPU)

Associate Professor, Physics: Prof ED Davis

PhD (Wits), BSc Hons (UCT)

Head of Department: Senior Lecturer, Chemistry: Dr JS Sefadi

Senior Lecturer, Geography: Dr Kabanda Tabaro
PhD, MSc, BSc Hons (NWU), BSc (UNIVEN)

Senior Lecturer, Geography: Dr  M Manjoro 
PhD (NMMU), MSc (UNAH, Cuba), BSc Hons (UFH), BSc Ed (ISP-EJV, Cuba)

Senior Lecturer, Physics: Dr O Shirinda                                                              PhD, MSc (UWC), BSc Hons, BSc (UNIVEN)

Senior Lecturer, Physics: Dr Z Mtumela                                                             PhD, MSc (UWC), BSc Hons, BSc (UNIVEN)

Associate Professor, Chemistry: Prof N Chaukura
PhD (UOM), MA (UOS), MSc, BSc Hons (UZ)

Associate Professor, Geography: Prof M Ahmed
PhD, MSc, PGD-IT, BSc (Tottori University, Japan)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Dr TE Tshabalala
PhD, MSc, BSc Hons; BSc (Wits)

Lecturer, Geography: Dr TH Kabanda

Lecturer, Geography: Dr Thendo Mafame

Ba.Hons, PGDip, MPhil, Phd (Stellenbosch University (SU) ; MDP (Jyväskylä University (JYU)


Lecturer, Physics: Dr P.P. Mokoena
PhD; MSc; BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Mr TR Mashile
MSc (UP); BSc Hons, BSc (UL)

Lecturer, Geography: Dr J Hlatywayo
MSc; MCom (UKZN), BSc Hons, Dip Education (UZ)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Ms KV Phungula
MSc; BSc Hons, BSc (UFS)

Lecturer, Chemistry: Dr ST Mthembu
PhD, MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (WITS)

Lecturer, Physics: Mr JT Tshipi 
MSc, BSc(Hons), BSc (UP)

Lecturer, Physics: Mr IM Gopane
MSc, BSc(Hons), BSc (UP)

Lecturer, Geography: Ms A Gumede
MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UKZN)

Laboratory Technician, Geology: Mrs D Mashau
BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Technician, Geology: Mr M Amanda
BSc Hons, BSc (NWU)

Laboratory Technician, Chemistry: Ms MPJ Mabuza
BSc Hons; BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Technician, Geology: Ms D Nepfumbada
BSc Hons, BSc (UFS)

Laboratory Technician, Physics: Mr MD Buthelezi
BSc Hons; BSc (UKZN)

Laboratory Technician, Physics: Mr LL Seleise
BSc Hons; BSc (UL)

Laboratory Technician, Geology: Ms D Nepfumbada
MSc, BSc Hons, BSc (UFS)

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