Head of Department
Veonna Goliath
Prof Veonna Goliath
Position: Head of Department
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: Main Building, 5th Floor, Room 21
Location: South Campus
Phone: 27 41 504 2197
Email: veonna.goliath@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (SW) BA Hons (Psych), MA (Clin.Psych) (UPE); DPhil (Social Work)
Expertise: Mental health; Substance use disorders; family counselling and youth development

Academic Staff
Zurina Abdulla
Dr Zurina Abdulla
Position: Lecturer
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 0520
Location: South Campus
Phone: 0415044821
Email: Zurina.Abdulla@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA Social work, MA Social work, Diploma Business management, Dphil in Social Development Professions
Expertise: Social work, Business mamangement, Child Justice
Responsibilities: Lecturing, Practicum coordination 2nd & 3rd year level, Research supervision

Mrs Zukiswa Gwam
Mrs Zukiswa Gwam
Position: Lecturer: Social Development Professions
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 05-19 - MB
Location: South Campus
Phone: +27 41 504 2560
Email: zukiswa.gwam@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (SW) UWC, MA (SW) (NMMU)

Annaline Keet
Prof Annaline Keet
Position: Associate Professor
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 0523
Location: South Campus
Phone: 0415044917
Email: Annaline.Keet@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD Social work
Responsibilities: Teaching at pre and post-graduate level. Managing Teaching and learning portfolio of department. 4th year level coordinator.

Natalie Mansvelt
Dr Natalie Mansvelt
Position: lecturer
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 0518
Location: South Campus
Phone: 501 4101
Email: natalie.mansvelt@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (SW) Stellenbosch, MA Welfare Programme Management Stellenbosch, D Phil Social Work Nelson Mandela University
Expertise: Community Development, International Community Service Learning

Razia Nordien-Lagardien
Dr Razia Nordien-Lagardien
Position: Lecturer
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: Main Building, 5th floor, Rm 0516
Location: South Campus
Phone: 27 41 504 2194
Email: Razia.Lagardien@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: DPhil SW
Expertise: Mediation, Family and marriage counselling
Responsibilities: Lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate modules; Coordinator of 1st year mentor program, Resear supervisor

Dr Nevashnee Perumal
Dr Nevashnee Perumal
Position: Lecturer
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 22
Location: South Campus
Phone: 27 41 504 2349
Fax: 27 41 504 2574
Email: Nevashnee.Perumal@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (SW) (UDW), MSW (Clinical Practice) (UKZN),PhD(UFH)
Expertise: supervision and management, child and family care
My site: 5th floor, Main Building

Mzukisi Xweso
Mr Mzukisi Xweso
Position: Lecturer
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: Main Building, 5th floor, Room 0521
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 2215
Email: mzukisi.xweso@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BSW (UFH), BSc. Honours (sociology) (UFH), MA SW (UWC)
Expertise: School Social Work, EAP, Community development
Responsibilities: Lecturing undergraduate modules, coordinating 4th year social work advanced practice programme, research supervisor

Ziphozonke Moyikwa
Ms Ziphozonke Moyikwa
Position: Secretary
Department: Social Development Professions
Room: 5th Floor, Room 15
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 2353
Email: ziphozonkemoyikwa@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA in Media Communication and Culture

Staff Attributes

We as staff want to embody the following attributes:


  • We are committed to the professional development of social work in terms of:
    • Student centred teaching
    • Research and engagement
  • We are reflective practitioners
  • We respond to the multi-cultural context of our students and are able to take cognisance of their needs by:
    • Embracing a humanizing pedagogy
    • being dynamic in our teaching and engagement
    • by providing a platform for the sharing of indigenous knowledge
  • We recognise and nurture the unique strengths and resilience of our students by utilising a strength based approach
  • We maintain ethical conduct and principles in accordance to NMMU policies and SACSSP
  • We are passionate about social work and our professional identity
  • We promote student awareness and active involvement in global human rights and social justice issues
  • We seek to be change agents, facilitating meaningful change both on our campus and in the community
  • We use appropriate technology in a relevant manner in our engagements
  • We work effectively as a team in a growth promoting and supportive environment; while recognising individual and collective strengths, as well as ensuring individual and collective accountability