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Prof Brink Botha

Prof Brink Botha is an Associate Professor in the Built Environment and Owner/Managing Director of various entrepreneurial ventures, primarily Built Environment and Real Estate related. Professor Botha shares a passion for property development, a niche discipline in which he is active both as academic and industry practitioner, but also as an entrepreneur as well as Professional Consultant.  He has been involved in Academia and the Built Environment for the past two decades since 1996 with vast experience in the related disciplines.

The author completed a National Diploma in Building Cum Laude, two Baccalaureus degree respectively in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management Cum Laude, an MSc in the Built Environment with specialization in Property Economics and Valuation as well as a PhD with a thesis titled: “Property development: A Business Process Model.

Professor Botha is currently Head of the Construction Management Department at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Co-Director of the MSc Built Environment programme jointly hosted by two Built Environment departments. In this capacity, Professor Botha is actively involved in conducting, publishing and promoting Built Environment and Real Estate related research whilst being active in Industry in his capacity as professionally registered Construction Projects Manager with the South African Council for the Construction and Project Management Professions. He is amongst other fulfilling the function of Project Manager of the implementation of various Built Environment related Short Learning Programmes.

Professor Botha is also a Member of the Association of Construction Project Managers, an Incorporate of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Member of the Ergonomic Society of South Africa and is serving on the respective Councils of the South African Property owners Association as well as the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa. Professor Botha is passionate about advanced teaching and learning methodology, mentoring and life coaching as well as community renaissance, hence rendering various pro bono services whilst supporting related non-profitable organizations aligned to the collective objective.


Dr. Olufemi Ojo-Fajuru

Dr. Ojo-Fajuru, Joseph Olufemi was born about 56 years ago in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning (YCT, Yaba Lagos, 1987); Post Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (FUT Akure, 2004); Master in Environmental Management (UNAD, Ado-Ekiti, 2005); Master of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning (FUT Akure, 2010); and Doctor of Philosophy in Town and Regional Planning (UKZN, Durban, 2018). He joined Yaba College of Technology in 2005 and he is now a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning Department of the Institution. His research areas cut across urban and rural landscape planning; green landscaping and green growth; urban design and development; environmental impact assessment; livelihood strategy and liveability enhancement; promotion of socio-economic and environmental sustainability, strengthening climate adaptation, disaster mitigation and vulnerability reduction, building resilience in communities; environmental planning, design and management for sustainable human settlement development. He has published articles in learned journals and chapter contributions to textbooks and has presented many papers at conferences. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Building and Human Settlement of the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is a member of the Nigerian Environment Society Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and a registered Town Planner with the Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) in Nigeria. Haven acquired cognate academic and professional qualifications, he has been involved in various aspects of Urban and Regional Planning practice, consultancy and academia.


Prof Sijekula Mbanga

Prof Sijekula Mbanga is an Associate Professor, a Programme Leader for the Human Settlements Studies, a Member of the Research Group on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Livelihoods and the Chair for Sustainable Human Settlements and at the Nelson Mandela University, in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Public Administration, with his thesis focusing on integrated development planning, obtained from the previous Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. This is the same institution where he completed his Masters’ degree in Administration (Cum Laude) with distinctions in Advanced Project Management, Advanced Public Policy Analysis and 100% pass in Integrated Development Planning modules.  Sijekula is a registered and active member of SAAPAM, SAMEA, GISSA   and SAPI. His research interests include: integrated approaches to development management, sustainable livelihoods, spatial transformation and urbanism, green settlements and neighbourhoods, human settlements policies and systems, local government capacity, and indigenous knowledge  systems in infrastructure development. Sijekula spans a wealth of industry experience and has worked in a number of public sector organisations. Before joining the Nelson Mandela University he has held senior management positions in the Eastern Cape Departments of Roads and Public Works, Office of the Premier, Housing Local Government and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements in South Africa.  Sijekula, currently serves in university committees and South African national government Advisory Committees, including the DST/CSIR  Advisory Committee on Science and Technology Innovations for Sustainable Human Settlements, South African Reference Group on the New Urban Agendas,  the Southern African Cities Academic Network, the South Africa /Swedish Universities Forum Advisory Committee on Urbanisation and 21st Century Cities, the NAHRO – USA International Housing Research and Exchange Forum, the World Bank Inclusive Development Network, the Society for Housing Professionals in Africa..  Sijekula is not only an academic but a purpose-driven community development activist that is critical of societal order where a naturally resourced economy sits side by with abject poverty, malnutrition and homelessness. Sjekula thrives in research that transcends sectors and disciplines due to his strong conviction that no single sector or discipline holds a solution to complex societal problems, and that trans-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches are prone to yield sustainable outcomes. Sijekula is a devout Christian, married to Buyelwa, and they are blessed with two daughters and two grandsons.


Dr Thomas Ramovha

Dr Thomas Ramovha is currently the incumbent of the position of Director Technical Capacity Development in the National Department of Human Settlements of the Government of South Africa. His educational Qualifications are: (i) National Diploma in Organisation and Work Study (factories) from Technikon RSA; (ii) Diploma in Municipal Governance from Rand Afrikaans University; (iii) Bachelor of Technology degree in Management Services from Technikon Witwatersrand; (iv) Advanced Programme in Organisational Development from UNISA; (v) Master of Commerce degree in Leadership from University of KwaZulu-Natal; and (vi) Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Engineering Management from University of Johannesburg.

He worked for organisations in private sector (i.e. AECI, Gencor Mining, and SAPPI), the public sector (i.e. Provincial department of Local Government & housing in Limpopo, Boksburg local Municipality, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality & the National Department of Human Settlements) and the State Owned Entity (i.e. ESKOM). His responsibilities were in the areas of Productivity Improvement, Organisational Effectiveness, Organisational Development, Change Management, Process Engineering and Capacity development.

Tshepang Mosiea 

Tshepang Mosiea is pursuing a PhD at the Nelson Mandela University on enhanced peoples housing process and self-help housing. His other research interest include innovation for service delivery and human settlements, alternative building methods, innovative sanitation systems and ICT for policy modelling. He is currently employed as a Director for Science and Technology for Sustainable Human Settlements in the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa. He is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP) and a PRINCE2 practitioner. He has been employed as a General Manager: Programme and Fund Management Portfolio at the National Urban Renewal and Housing Construction Agency (NURCHA), where he was responsible for  setting up business processes and procedures to manage the programme and fund  management portfolio, establishing and operationalize portfolio management governance processes, develop and implement programme management resource models and programme team ways of working to successfully deliver the infrastructure, housing delivery, fund management, bucket system eradication, contractor support and development, as well as the institutional capacity development amongst municipalities and provincial housing departments through implementing change management initiatives, mapping business processes, and establishing portfolio, programmes and project management units on behalf of clients.