Dr. Presha Ramsarup
Dr. Presha Ramsarup is the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her PhD focused on a systems approach to change orientated learning pathways and sustainable development. Her PhD work uncovered systemic insights into the emergence of scarce skill occupational learning pathways. Dr Ramsarup has worked as a practicing educator, professional development facilitator and environmental education advisor. She has served a technical advisor to both provincial and national government to support the development of environmental and sustainability education within South Africa’s education and training transformation process.
She has worked as researcher to produce South Africa’s first Environmental Sector Skills Plan and is currently the National Coordinator of the National Green Skills Project. Her work is focused on supporting Green Skills development through an employer led demand project to identify green jobs and researching opportunities to green traditional jobs across sectors.
Prof. Stephanie Matseleng Allais
Prof. Stephanie Matseleng Allais is the South African Research Chair of Skills Development, and Professor of Education at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Her research interests are in the sociology of education with a focus on macro sociological accounts of education and work, education and development, curriculum, and political economy of education. She currently teaches Education, Skills, and Development (EDUC 7131) and Economic Concepts for Researching Education, Skill Formation and Work (EDUC 7104) on the Masters of Education focused on Knowledge and Work which she launched in 2016.
Prior to joining Wits University she was a fellow at the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Immediately prior to joining the CES, she managed and conducted research for an international research project comparing qualifications frameworks in 16 countries, for the International Labour Organization. She has worked in various parts of the South African education system, including government, a non-governmental organization in distance education, running the education department of a trade union, and teaching in a high school, as well as teaching part time in adult basic education and training, and leading a student organization. She served on many committees by appointment of Ministers of Education in South Africa, and has been involved in numerous policy processes, including being Special Advisor to the current Minister of Higher Education and Training. She has a PhD in education policy from Wits University in South Africa.
Prof. Peliwe Lolwana
Prof. Peliwe Lolwana recently retired as the Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she still serves as a visiting Associate Professor. Prof Lolwana chairs the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), in addition to chairing and serving on a number of other associations, boards, foundations and councils in education and training in South Africa. She has written and published in the areas of assessment, quality assurance, adult education, vocational education, skills development and post-school education.
Victor Kgalema has over 30 years work experience working in the labour union movement, private sector and government. His experience in government includes 15 years at Eskom; serving as a director in the Special Economic Zones Directorate at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti); and 15 months as a Project Executive at the Mpumalanga Special Economic Zones project management unit. He also has experience in consulting in manufacturing, engineering and energy.
Ruan Naude is an emergent researcher and research co-ordinator at Wits REAL. He has experience in conducting qualitative occupation and skills research and is familiar with and experienced in data collection, data analysis, workshop organisation and report writing. He has worked with national government (DHET) and various SETAs. He has assisted with multiple PSET research projects and was a co-author of a study, with Nicola Jenkin, that examined the impact of digitalisation on occupations and skills in the banking sector. He was research co-ordinator for a project that developed cyber security occupations for BankSETA and SABRIC. A third project that he was involved in was a banking OFO mapping of occupations project. One of the key focus areas of the project was ICT occupations in the banking sector.
Themba Tshabalala is a researcher at the Wits REAL Centre, with a keen interest on intersectionality’s between education, skills and development. The bulk of his work at the centre is dedicated to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Africa 4.0 research project. He holds an honors and a master’s degree in Development Studies, all from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a qualified Life Sciences and Music (Minor) secondary school teacher. He also worked as a youth volunteer in an Non –Government Organisation and a tutor in a secondary school intervention programm called the Soweto Science Centre.
- Magcina Nyoni
Tshandapiwa Fumo is a Research Administrator at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour. She holds an Honours Degree in Linguistics from the University of Zimbabwe and The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Diploma in Public Relations from Specis College. She has vast experience in Project Administration and Management with the Non-Government Organisation environment, Research on Green Skills, HIV and TB co-infection, Gender Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health. She has also been a teacher at high school and college as well as conducting Training on HIV and Gender based violence. She has done extensive work on project evaluation.
- Cynthia Mangena