College of Graduate Studies

About SIRGS

The School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies (SIRGS) has grown from a unit within the College of Graduate Studies to a recently established School.

Our vision, aligned to the facilitative role of the College of Graduate Studies within which the School is housed, is to provide a central hub where all Master’s and Doctoral students will be nurtured and supported and a vibrant intellectual space will be created for research innovation, debate and creative thinking.

SIRGS provides a supporting interdisciplinary academic environment for Master’s and Doctoral researchers registered in any of the colleges at Unisa. We arrange a variety of workshops dealing with research methodologies and other aspects of research, ranging from the very general to the more specialised, that are designed to fit the requirements of specific research areas. We also provide postgraduate supervision in a wide range of disciplines and pursue various research projects.

Staff members

Name Position Email
Prof Patrick Ngulube Director (acting) ngulup@unisa.ac.za
Academic Staff
Prof Lerothodi Leeuw Professor - Academic Support  leeuwll@unisa.ac.za
Prof Kitty Dumont Professor - Academic Support dumonkb@unisa.ac.za
Prof Rushiella Songca Professor - Academic Support songcr@unisa.ac.za
Prof Anthony Court Associate Professor - Academic Support courtam@unisa.ac.za
Prof Enrico Lombardi Research and Academic Computing Specialist (HPC) lombaeb@unisa.ac.za
Motswalle Kanyane Language Resource Coordinator kanyamc@unisa.ac.za
Abdulrafiu Raji Senior Researcher rajiat1@unisa.ac.za
Evan Benecha HPC Research Support  benecem@unisa.ac.za
Dr Gideon Kotzé Senior Researcher / Computational Linguist kotzegj1@unisa.ac.za
Dr Friedel Wolff Language Technologist wolfff@unisa.ac.za
Nozibele Nomdebevana Project Leader AALS nomden@unisa.ac.za
Pedro Mafa Researcher mapf@unisa.ac.za
Patrice Okouma Researcher okoumpm@unisa.ac.za
Tonny Nelson Matjila Research Training  Officer-tmatjit@unisa.ac.za
Admistrative staff
Lulu Dleleweni Secretory to Director dlelel@unisa.ac.za
Samu Makhanye Administrative Coordinator makhaes@unisa.ac.za
Erica Flinspach-Van der Walt M and D Research Information and Training Coordinator flinse@unisa.ac.za
Nonhlanhla Khumalo Graduate Assistant khuman@unisa.ac.za
Anja Vorster Graduate Assistant groena@unisa.ac.za
Thandazile Mathabela Graduate Assistant mathaps@unisa.ac.za
Ashentha Thaver Administrator  thavea@unisa.ac.za
Nomaxabiso Mate Coordinator maten@unisa.ac.za
Susan Mkansi Admin Assistant mkansst@unisa.ac.za
Aubrey Misisinyani Admin Assistant misisam@unisa.ac.za

Last modified: 2019/05/21