Medicine and Health Sciences
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Equality Champions

​Meet our ECs


Ms Farah Fredericks

Tel: +27 21 938 9379
Room 1040, Clinical Building

Farah Fredericks has been involved in the recruitment, selection and support of students in the Faculty since 2010. In 2016, she took up her current position as the Deputy Registrar and Head of the Centre for Student Administration (Tygerberg Campus). She is focused on the development and implementation of strategies to improve the experience of students at university, driven to facilitate equity in the institution and promotes access for people from under-served communities.  She completed a BA degree (2007) and an Honours degree in Psychology (2009) at the Stellenbosch Campus and firmly believes in harnessing the unique competencies in individuals to achieve excellent results.

Dr Lizahn Cloete

Tel: +27 21 938 9308
Room 2025, Education Building

Lizahn Cloete is a senior lecturer in the Division of Occupational Therapy at Stellenbosch University. She takes interest in working with different groups of people and communities of practice towards creating spaces for dialogue on decolonization and transformation. She specializes in organizational and community development and leads research projects on the topics of health communication, relational ethics and practice management.    

Dr Laila Asmal

Tel: + 27 21 938 9623
Room 2010, Clinical Building

Laila Asmal trained as a medical doctor and psychiatrist at UCT before joining Stellenbosch University in 2008. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and oversees the Neuropsychiatry service at Tygerberg Hospital. She recently completed her PhD and is closely involved with research about schizophrenia. She feels that a university's primary task is to extend and deepen human understanding – of the world around us, ourselves, and of citizenship. 

Dr Gerald Maarman

Tel: + 27 21 938 9141
Room TKL 0070A, Clinical Building

Gerald Maarman, is jointly appointed at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, as a Research Manager (clinical HIV prevention research), and a principle investigator in Dept. Biomedical Sciences (experimental cardio-protection research). In his spare time, he is a motivation speaker and involved in youth & community development projects. He is a Gospel singer and composer, likes jogging and enjoys spending quiet time in places with lots of trees. Gerald enjoys creative writing (poetry & theatre) and often travels throughout the world, singing at events and working as a motivational speaker. 

Ms Mandy Mpatlanyane
Tel: + 27 79 850 7496

Mandy Mpatlanyane is a final year medical student at Stellenbosch University where she's been involved in a number of student affairs organisations both from a non-leadership and leadership capacity. Her love for social justice and health has led her to consider a future in public health and policy-making. She originally hails from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and has hopes to return there one day to influence the management of health services. 

Ms Bontle Mali
Tel: +27 21 938 9037
Room F408 Fisan Building

Ms Bontle Mali is a Staff and Student Support Officer for the Immunology Group, at Molecular Biology and Human Genetics. She started her career as an HR practitioner, and later progressed into Change Management with a focus on coaching and mentoring of staff during change transitions. She graduated with a BA degree, with Industrial Psychology as a major, and later attained an Honours degree in Human Resources. Her love for people resulted in her recently being certified as a Life Coach. 

Prof Sharon Kling

Tel: +27 21 938 9571
Room 2080, Clinical Building

Sharon Kling is the Clinical Unit Head for General Paediatrics and associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Her work-related interests are clinical ethics, asthma and allergy. She loves animals, especially cats, jazz, reading and birdwatching. She believes in the values of respect, integrity, caring and empathy.

Prof Wolfgang Preiser

Tel: +27 21 938 9353 (via Mrs Sal van Zyl)
Room 8078 / 8080, Clinical Building

Wolfgang Preiser studied medicine in his hometown of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and later specialised in medical virology both there and in London, U.K. He came to Tygerberg in 2005, attracted by the challenges and the prospect of making a difference in a setting that combines a huge infectious disease, especially HIV, burden with the means to do something about it. After ten years, he feels neither 100% German nor 100% South African and thus looks at many matters from a somewhat refreshing semi-outsider perspective.​​​​