To commemorate South Africa’s national Women’s Month, this webpage features a collection of articles, photographs and interviews featured in the Stellenbosch University (SU) media and external media over the past year, providing insight into the remarkable undertakings of women at our University. From leading ground-breaking research projects to becoming champions of innovation and using their expertise and voices to change their communities for the good, #WomenofSU have and will continue to make their mark on South Africa and the rest of the world.

Ilzé Aäron

When Ilzé Aäron, a Deaf student from Paarl, graduated with her BEd Foundation Phase degree at the December 2021 graduation, she was the first ever Stellenbosch University student to have learned with the help of South African Sign Language (SASL). Aäron, 24, who is passionate about teaching and plans to teach at a Deaf school, described her achievement as “a dream come true".

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Prof Sibusiso Moyo

Prof Sibusiso Moyo has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at Stellenbosch University. She will join the University in September 2022. Moyo, an experienced higher education executive with a background in the mathematical sciences, is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement at the Durban University of Technology.

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Prof Annie Bekker

Prof Annie Bekker undaunted by shuddering ships and icebergs

Dr Lihle Qulu

SAMRC grant advances research to unravel sexual violence

Academic and PASS staff

COVID Diaries is 'an archive of women's voices' amid the pandemic

Kimberley Lucas

SU offers number whizz a life-changing opportunity

Viwe Kobokana

‘Be kind always’ – the motto of SU’s new SRC chairperson

Prof Juanita Pienaar

Law’s first vice-dean of research and internationalisation

Modiegi (Susan) Njeyiyana

MA graduate carries the torch for Deaf community and SASL

Dr Katherine de Villiers

SU’s Dr Katherine de Villiers awarded for outstanding chemical research

Dr Priscalia Khosa

Dr Khosa conquers PhD 'obstacle course'

Dr Therese Fish

Chancellor’s Award honours FMHS Vice-Dean for two decades of service

Dr Nthabiseng Moleko

SU lecturer appointed to new BBBEE advisory panel

Dr Amy Martin

Brain tumours couldn’t hold this PhD graduate back

Dr Nadia Sanger

Creating new words, images, and signs that trouble old feminist languages

Megan Roos and Shaniaé Maharaj

Two Maties among Africa’s top law students

Prof Delia Haynes

SU chemist elected first president of African Crystallographic Association

Prof Sandra Swart

Prof Sandra Swart makes (her own) history

Tarryn Surajpal, Tanya van Aswegen, and Jamila Jann

Students take top honours at SU’s FameLab heat

Kimara Singh

Kimara is giving Maties Sport a new voice

Dr Rouxjeane Venter and Emogine Mamabolo

Emerging female scientists receive L'Oréal-UNESCO grants

Associate Professor Rika Preiser and Tanja Hichert

SU researchers awarded UNESCO Chair

Prof Soraya Seedat

Tackling intimate partner violence could lower rates of mental illness

#WomenofSU In the media

From local to international media platforms, #WomenofSU are sharing their expert opinions on topical issues in columns, opinion editorials and televised interviews. View some of their most recent published pieces.

In our pursuit to be an employer of choice, Stellenbosch University (SU) is creating an enabling, equitable and healthy working environment that embraces diversity and equity, leverages unique talents and strengths, promotes life-long learning and celebrates achievements. In commemorating Workers’ Day in May, SU dedicated a series of articles to our staff, themed #adayinthelife. Read more about some of the #WomenofSU featured in this campaign:

Karlien Breedt

Head of the SU Archives

Dannica Pedro

Environmental sustainability coordinator

Shibu Mamabolo

Head of Employee Wellness

Selina Seshabela

Manager of the Contact and Client Services Centre

Melany le Roux

Security Systems and Intelligence department Manager

Khairoonisa Foflonker

Student Affairs Manager at Tygerberg campus