Teaching and Learning Office

Teaching and Learning Office Team​

Professor Thabo Msibi

DVC Teaching & Learning

Thabo Msibi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning and a professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He completed his Master of Education degree at Teachers College: Columbia University and obtained his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge.

Mrs Renita Maharaj

Personal Assistant DVC T&L

Personal Assistant to the DVC: Teaching and Learning in the University of Kwazulu-Natal. I provide secretarial and administrative support to the DVC: Teaching and Learning. I have worked in various organisations both private and public sector.

Professor Fayth Ruffin


Professor Fayth Ruffin’s careers span across the public, private, non-governmental and higher education sectors. She holds a Juris Doctorate (law) degree as well as a PhD in Global Affairs. Prof Ruffin joined UKZN pursuant to a critical skills visa in 2011. She retired as an Honorary Full Professor in 2020 and now serves as an interim director for the UTLO.

Professor Nyna Amin


Professor Amin's academic career at the University of KwaZulu-Natal began in 2006 when she joined the Leadership Equity Advancement Programme (LEAP) as a lecturer. She was appointed in a permanent capacity as lecturer in 2009 and achieved full professorship in 2021. Her leadership roles at the University include the position of Cluster Leader in 2016 and Academic Leader of Research for the periods 2012 and 2020-2022.

Mrs. Christinah Mulaudzi

Principal Accountant

Mrs. Christinah Mulaudzi is a Principal Accounting Officer in the portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning. She is responsible for the financial management of the strategic funds and provides...

Mr Abdulbaqi Badru

PRINCIPAL Technology Consultant

Graduated with his Bachelor of science from Lagos State University; honours BCOM and Master MCOM Cum Laude in information systems and technology degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal


Instructional Designer

As Instructional Designer at UJ’s Centre for Academic Technologies, I designed online artefacts to assist lecturers in teaching and learning as well as other departments such as HR to assist in staff training.


Instructional Designer

Melikhaya joined UKZN in March 2018 as a Lab Technician & Demonstrator for the Digital Art Lab under the College of Humanities School of Art. In 2021 he joined the UTLO team as an Instructional Designer.


Instructional Designer

Ms Ishana Gangaram is an Instructional Designer at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She joined the University in July 2000 as an administrator. While serving in various academic administrative roles..

Mrs Ephina Mashiteng


Mrs Ephina Mashiteng is an instructional designer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, responsible for the College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science (CAES) with a solid background in teaching and instructional design...

Mr Zwelisha Mfishi


Mr. Zwelisha Mfishi is an Instructional Designer at DVC Teaching and Learning. His role involves the implementation and adoption of digital pedagogical and learning strategies at UTLO. He currently holds a Master of Social...

Ms. Nokuzola Tracey April

Events Coordinator

Ms. Nokuzola Tracey April is the Projects Coordinator in the portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning. She is responsible for the coordination of events under the T&L portfolio.

Ms Talisa Majority

Admin Office

Ms Talisa Majority is the Admin Officer at the teaching and Learning Office. She joined the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2018 as a receptionist for ICS, In 2020 She provided Administrative services...

Ms. Zandile Buthelezi

Assistant Admin Officer

Ms. Zandile Buthelezi is currently an Intern at the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning, joined in June 2021. Her responsibilities include, providing administrative support to the Events...

Ms. Nwabisa Ndlovu

IT Support

Ms. Nwabisa Ndlovu is the technology practitioner assistant at the teaching and learning office. In 2022, she started her journey with the University of KwaZulu-Natal as a Web Administrator Intern for CRD...


Instructional Designer

The Data Analytics Researcher/ Coordinator of University Teaching and Learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has previously worked as a Researcher on Social Security Systems and lectured ..