Prof Prince Ngobeni
Acting Campus Rector of Pretoria Campuses
After obtaining his National Diploma Analytical Chemistry in 1989 from Technikon North West he was employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for nine years. Whilst in the employ of the CSIR he obtained his National Higher Diploma in Chemistry at Technikon Pretoria in 1992. In 1995 he was employed by Technikon North West (TNW) as a chemistry lecturer and completed his MTech degree at Technikon Pretoria in 1998. In 2015, Professor Ngobeni was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), a position he still holds. As the Executive Dean of Faculty of Science, he is also accountable for the Centre for Tissue Engineering. Currently he is the Acting Campus Rector of all Pretoria Campuses.
Prof Magda Slabbert
Prof Magda Slabbert joined the CTE team as a part time director in February 2019. Prof Slabbert obtained a BA degree with law subjects from the University of the Free State and an honors degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She did the B Proc and LLB degrees through UNISA. In 1995 she started her academic career at the then Technikon Pretoria, Polokwane Campus. In 2003 she completed her doctorate in medical law through the University of the Free State. The focus of her research was organ donations and transplantation. In 2004 she did the pupilage at the Pretoria Bar of Advocates and in 2006 she was appointed as a senior lecturer at UNISA. In 2011 she became the chairperson of the South African medico-legal Society (as it was then known). In 2012 she was promoted to full professor. Prof Slabbert has published numerous articles on organ donations and transplantation in South Africa. She has a passion for her unique field and is glad to have discovered the value and use of human tissue in the donation and transplantation field.
Mrs Cleo Ndhlovu
Cleo is the current Manager of the Centre for Tissue Engineering, which she joined in 2005. She holds a B-Tech degree in Biotechnology from TUT, a Total Quality Management Diploma from UNISA and an International Master degree in Donation of Organs, Tissues, and Cells for Transplantation from the University of Barcelona in Spain. Her strong leadership skills and ability to deliver innovative new solutions to challenges, has ensured strategic resource utilisation and sturdy organisational development. She is also actively involved in ensuring the maintenance of a successful ISO 9001 & 13485 quality management standards.
Ms Sandra Venter
Public Relations Officer
Sandra joined the CTE in 2004 and completed The Family Approach, by TPM at the University of Barcelona in Spain. She first worked as Liaison officer and later as the Procurement supervisor, overseeing the tissue procurement activities of the CTE. After completing an International fellowship in eye banking by the Eye Banking Association of America, she implemented the cornea banking program to the CTE scope. Sandra served as coordinator in the drafting of regulations for tissue banks which were promulgated in 2012 and her passion for bringing people together resulted in the establishment of the South African Tissue Banking association (SATiBA).
Mr Marais Steyn
Tissue Procurement Supervisor
During his previous 10 years of tissue banking experience, Marais obtained a Graduate diploma in Tissue banking from the National University of Singapore as well as a Tissue banking and advanced tissue and cell banking diploma from TPM at the University of Barcelona (2009). He joined the CTE in 2012 and recently completed an Eye banking, Cornea procurement and Laminar processing of cornea for transplantation course by International Sight Restoration, USA. As Procurement Technologist his strong ethical conviction, integrity, loyalty and a firm belief that organ and tissue donation is a matter of the heart, keeps him grounded.
Ms Rhyleen Chauke
Rhyleen obtained a National Diploma and B-Tech Degree in Biotechnology at TUT and is currently studying towards obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Total Quality Management at UNISA. She joined the CTE in 2009 as Quality Control assistant and from there proceeded to gain valuable experience in all quality related matters. Her current duties as Quality Management Representative (QMR) includes ensuring that the Quality Management System is maintained and continually improves its effectiveness in accordance with ISO 13485 and 9001 standards.
Ms Tshego Nkontlha
Quality Management Representative
Tshego Nkontlha joined the Centre for Tissue Engineering in 2014. She holds a B-Tech qualification in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a National Diploma in Biotechnology from TUT. In addition to her academic achievements, she has also acquired certificates in Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). With over 10 years in Quality Assurance, she has gained extensive industry experience in sectors as varied as osteogenic biomaterials, radiopharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics. Her strong quality background in the health care field ensures that the Centre provides a consistently high standard of safe, quality human tissue allografts.
Ms Hildah Ramorulana
Ms Hildah Ramorulana joined the Centre for Tissue Engineering at the beginning of 2015, after working for the Tshwane University of Technology from 2008. Hildah holds a B. Com Degree in Financial Management from UNISA and recently completed a B. Com Honours Degree in Business Management at UNISA. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she also acquired a Pastel Accounting certificate and an advanced computer literacy certificate. She has over 10 years of experience in financial management with her scope of work including: Overall supervision of the designated Administration Department, managing of finances including preparation of budgets, creation of financial statements with a view to determine profit and/ or loss. She also manages all purchase invoices, payments, sales invoices, accounts receivable as well as ensuring protection and security of confidential files and records.
Various staff members (laboratory and office only) from Centre for Tissue Engineering.