Prof Grieta (SM) Hanekom

Director: School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
BSc, Dipl Hosp Diet, Hons BSc, MSc, PhD
  +27 18 299 2027
  +27 18 299 1053
  F12-124, Potchefstroom Campus
Management, Diet surveys, iron and vitamin A deficiencies, Food Service Management, Research in Teaching-Learning

Prof Johan du Plessis

Director: OHHRI
PhD in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2434
  Building F12, Room G18, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational Hygiene, Physiology, Toxicology

Prof du Plessis holds a BSc, BSc Hons (Physiology), MSc (Physiology) and PhD (Occupational Hygiene) degrees. He received a Y2 research rating from the National Research Foundation in 2014. His teaching-learning experience is in physiology, toxicology and occupational hygiene. To date he has supervised 30 Masters and PhD students and authored more than 30 papers published in accredited journals. His research focus and expertise is on exposure to chemical stressors in the workplace. This includes assessing the potential risk of exposure, assessing actual levels of exposure and controlling the level of exposure.  Another research interest is regulatory toxicology, in particular occupational exposure limits.

Prof Fritz (FC) Eloff

Associate Professor, Program leader Occupational Hygiene
DSc, Registered Occupational Hygienist SAIOH
  +27 18 299 2442
  +27 18 299 1053
  F12-116, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational Hygiene

Prof Fritz Eloff is a lecturer and researcher in the field of Occupational Hygiene and Physiology. His specific interests include occupational hygiene legislation, worker exposure to hazardous chemicals, carcinogens, DNA damage and repair, dermal exposure, thermal stress and ergonomics factors. He is currently a member of the Occupational Hygiene and Health Research Initiative (OHHRI). He has served on the scientific committees of various international conferences and is a member of the Certification board and Examination board of the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene.

Ms Sonette du Preez

MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2689
  F12-117, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

Mrs du Preez is a researcher and lecturer in the field of Occupational Hygiene and is mainly focused on identifying the health risks associated with Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) processes undertaken at different facilities in South-Africa. Her research is also aimed at providing important information necessary for training employees on the health consequences of being exposed to the materials used in additive manufacturing and to deliver effective control measures. Mrs du Preez lectures undergraduate modules in Occupational Hygiene and is registered as an Occupational Hygiene Assistant with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH).

Prof Anja Franken

Associate Professor
  +27 18 299 2437
  +27 18 299 1053
  F12-108, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational Hygiene

Prof Anja Franken’s research is focused on the in vitro skin permeation of platinum group metals and the different factors potentially influencing the skin permeability. Her focus has expanded to include the investigation of the skin as a barrier and workplace factors that may influence the effectiveness of this barrier. She is registered as an Occupational Hygiene Technologist with the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH). Prof Franken lectures both undergraduate as well as postgraduate modules in Occupational Hygiene. She is part of the team that has developed and is presenting the first professional degree in Occupational Hygiene in South Africa (BHSc in Occupational Hygiene).

Mr Stefan (SJL) Linde

MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 285 2456
  F12-115, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene

The main focus of Mr Linde's research is the assessment of total exposure to hazardous chemical substances that workers, in different industries, experience via all routes of exposure. These industries include mining and refining of chemicals, such as precious metals, and additive manufacturing. His teaching focuses on occupational hygiene and the methods used to measure different stressors in the workplace. These stressors include noise, illumination and hazardous chemical substances as well as other occupational hygiene subjects and techniques such as occupational toxicology, biological monitoring, risk assessment and the measurement of ventilation in workplaces.

Ms Cynthia Ramotsehoa

  +27 18 299 2062
  +27 18 299 1053
  F12-113, Potchefstroom campus
Occupational hygiene

My main research focus is in occupational exposure of outdoor workers to solar ultraviolet radiation (SUVR). The primary aim of the research is to establish a baseline exposure dose of these workers to seeing that there is no occupational exposure limit in South Africa and very little work has been done in this regard. The secondary aim is to establish a database of the number of workers likely to be exposed, evaluate their knowledge of health effects associated with SUVR and effectiveness of the clothing provided or worn. In the longer term, I aim to widen my footprint through collaboratory projects with other national and international researchers in this field.

Ms Alicia van der Merwe

MPH (Master of Public Health)
  +27 18 299 1984
  F12-123, Potchefstroom Campus
Occupational hygiene, public health, physiology

Ms Alicia van der Merwe is involved with teaching and learning of undergraduate students in the field of physiology and occupational hygiene and supervises postgraduate students in the field of occupational hygiene.

Mr Corné (CJ) van der Merwe

MSc in Occupational Hygiene
  +27 18 299 2079
  +27 18 299 1053
  F12-112, Potchefstroom Campus
Basic physiology, occupational hygiene legislation, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure

Corné lectures physiology and toxicology to undergraduate students and supervises postgraduate students pursuing a MSc in Occupational Hygiene. His current research focusses on Occupational Hygiene Education in the South African context.

Support Staff

Ms Corlè Conradie

Administration Officer
  +27 18 299 2433
  F12-122, Potchefstroom Campus
Administration Officer of the Subject Group Physiology and the Secretariat of the School Director

Ms Zusette de Beer

Senior Financial Officer
Bussiness Management (Financial)
  +27 18 299 2745
  F12-121, Potchefstroom Campus

Working for the School Director, Prof SM Hanekom and School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Mr Kobus Scheepers

Senior Laboratory Technician
MSc in Physiology
  +27 18 299 2078
  F12-102, Potchefstroom Campus

Manager of practical laboratories and administrator for practical training.

Mr Joseph Novasa

Junior Laboratory Assistant
  +27 18 299 2437
  F12-G17, Potchefstroom Campus