TAU 3 session 2 at Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town

TAU 3 session 2 at Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town

TAU 3 Begins (12-16 July)

The TAU 3 session 1 successfully commenced with 52 participants across all Universities in South Africa taking part in the Online Session 1. The COVID pandemic completely enveloped the programme of TAU 3 Session 1. In the lead, up to Session 1, four of our team members contracted COVID, and one, Vanessa (Ness) Merkel, was hospitalised. She had convened in the Curriculum Development of the TAU 3 programme during TAU 2020. She died on 11 July 2021, the night we opened Session 1. On the morning of 12 July, we started the programme with weeping hearts.

The remaining three team members with COVID – tried to stay active as much as possible; however, two were dealing with their entire families, including small children, contracting the disease and were very sick. Several participants reported contracting COVID; some had family members pass away, and others were hospitalised. One TAU advisor, Liqhwa Siziba, heard on 12 July that her Mom had gone into hospital in Zimbabwe. She immediately went to get tested, and as soon as she could, she flew to Bulawayo on the 15 July to be with the family all the time continuing to fulfil her TAU advisor responsibilities online. Her Mom passed away on the 22 July.

Several TAU team members needed to keep vaccination appointments during the week of 12-16 July. Several participants needed to move houses or workplaces because of the violence. Gunshots and uncertainty surrounded many. One participant was required to queue for food for one and a half days in UKZN. Despite all of this, we managed to deliver the programme as planned and with over 90% attendance by TAU participants. Advisors have followed up with any individuals in their Enquiry Groups who missed any sessions. We recorded all the plenary and content-based sessions and have made them available to people who missed them.

Particular thanks go out to all the TAU team members who stepped in at the last minute and picked up whatever needed to be done. It was a fantastic team effort. One I feel very proud to have been part of.

Jeff Jawitz

TAU program manager

TAU 3 Participants

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr Liezl Hudson

Faculty of Health Sciences

Prof Seun Oyekola

Faculty of Engineering – Chemical Engineering

Central University of Technology

Dr Dalene Crowther

Hospitality – Hotel School

J du Plessis

School of Health Sciences – Clinical Science

Durban University of Technology
Dr Ivan Gunass Govender

Entrepreneurial Studies and management

Prof Haffejee

School of Health Sciences – Basic Medical Sciences

Mangosuthu University of Technology
Dr Xolile Mkhize

Community Extension

Nelson Mandela University
Dr Amina Jakoet-Salie

Public Management and Leadership


Faculty of Education – Primary School Education: Intermediate Phase

Adv Lindi Coetzee

Faculty of Law

North West University

Dr Allison Geduld

Faculty of Law

Dr Teresa Sharon Hattingh

Faculty of Engineering – Industrial Engineering

Rhodes University
 Dr Boudina McConnachie

Faculty of Arts – Music and Musicology

Dr Gladman Thondhlana

Faculty of Science – Environmental Science

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Dr Nontobeko Mncwangi

School of Health Sciences – Pharmacy Practice

Dr Maria Cochrane

School of Health Sciences – Physiotherapy

Sol Plaatje Univesity

Dr Colin Chibaya

School of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) – Computer Science, Data Science

Dr Raymond Fru

School of Education, Department of Human Science Teaching

Tswane University of Technology
Dr Topside E. Mathonsi

Faculty of Science – Department of Information Technology

Dr Fundani Asnath Melato

Faculty of Science – Department of Chemistry

Dr Herman Botes

Faculty of Arts – Department of Visual Communication

University of Cape Town
Dr Amaal Abrahams

School of Health Science – Human Biology

Dr Gillian Ferguson

School of Health Science – Health and Rehabilitation

Dr Helena Hester Stoop-Koornhof

Faculty of Law – Commercial Law

University of Fort Hare
Dr Patricia Muhuro

Academic Development Center

University of Johannesburg

Dr Jacqueline Batchelor

Faculty of Education

Ms Hemali Joshi

Academic Development Center

University of KwaZulu-Natal
Prof Sinegugu Duma

School of Health Sciences

Prof Ruth Hoskins

School of Social Sciences – Information Studies

University of Limpopo
Dr Tsebe Wilfred Molotja

Faculty of Education

Prof Thabe Moses Matsebatlela

Faculty of Science – Biochemistry

University of South Africa
Ms Mmatsie Mooki

Faculty of Law – Public Law

Dr Walter Matli

Faculty of Science – Information Technology

University of Zululand
Dr Pragasen Mudali

Faculty of Science – Computer Science

Dr Melusi Sibanda

Faculty of Science – Agriculture

University of Pretoria
Prof Sumaiya Adam

School of Health Sciences – Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Pamela de Waal

School of Health Sciences – Biochemistry

Dr Nerhene Davis

Faculty of Applied Science – Geography

Stellenbosch University
Dr Marianne McKay

Faculty of Science – Dept of Viticulture & Oenology

Prof Faadiel Essop

Faculty of Science – Department of Physiological Sciences

Prof Ashraf Kagee

Faculty of Science – Department of Psychology

University of Venda
Dr Cebisa Nesamvumi

School of Health Sciences – Center for Biokinetics

Dr Mamotena Mpeta

Science and Mathematics Education – Professional Studies

University of Western Cape
Dr Karin Chinnian-Kester

Faculty of Law – Criminal Justice and Procedure

Prof Rajendran Govender

Faculty of Education – Science and Mathematics Education

Vaal University of Technology
Dr Chemunondirwa Christopher Chitumwa

Faculty of Education – Education

University of Witwatersrand

Mrs Susan Benvenuti

Head of Academic Quality Assurance-Wits Business School-Faculty of Commerce, Law and management.

Ms Lanelle Wilmot

School of Accountancy – Financial Accounting

Dr Ana Cristina Ferreira

Wits School of Education – Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures

Walter Sisulu University
Dr Benjamin Tatira

Faculty of Education – Mathematics, Natural and Consumer Sciences Education