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 is the Deputy Registrar for the Tygerberg Campus . After completing an Honours degree in Psychology in 2009 at Stellenbosch University, she was appointed as a Student Advisor, managing relationships with schools and recruiting students in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and the Cape Peninsula. Farah has been involved in the recruitment of undergraduate students in the Faculty since July 2010 and is completing a Masters degree in Higher Education at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University.

She is a sport fanatic and from 2007 to 2011 she represented the South African Women's hockey team in 49 test matches, she currently represents the Western Province Senior hockey team at the annual Interprovincial Tournament.


Dr Lizahn Cloete​

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

Lizahn Cloete is a 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 building better schema of interaction across a variety of sectors. She specialises in capacity appreciation and capacity extension and takes particular interest in curriculum development to this end. She also spends time theorising on relational ethics, professionalism, management and quality assurance and how this relates to the functioning of organisations.   


Ms Ronel Bester

Tel: +27 21 938 9833
Room 1027, Clinical Building

Ronel Bester is the Strategic Relations Manager of the FMHS and the Marketing and Communications Division of the faculty reports to her. She has an honours degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University and worked in the trenches at a newspaper for a number of years before completing an MBA degree, also with SU. She worked in the governmental sector prior to joining the faculty in 2011.

Ronel is an avid reader who loves the outdoors, especially hiking and scuba diving. She loves to travel with as little as possible and learn about the world and its people. She is a keen cook who likes to spend time with friends and family.


Prof Sharon Kling

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

Sharon Kling is the Clinical Unit Head for General Paediatrics at Tygerberg Children's Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.  She is also a part-time lecturer in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law and is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Tygerberg Hospital.

She is the President of the Council of the College of Paediatricians of SA, and serves on the Senate and the Management Committee of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.  She is also an Executive Committee member of the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA).

Her main clinical interests are asthma, allergy and clinical ethics.  Her other interests are birdwatching, jazz music, reading and watching sport.  Her real claim to fame is as carer of the feral cats and other animals on the campus and at the hospital, and she founded CACTUS (Compassionate Animal Care at Tygerberg Hospital and University of Stellenbosch), a non-profit organisation.  She recently judged the Domestic Cat category at The Big Cat Club show in Durbanville. 


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.