Staff Profiles


Prof Benita Zulch

[BEcon Ed, BEcon Hons, MLPM, PhD, FAIB, Can Valuer, MAQS]

Prof Zulch has over 28 years of education experience in teaching, lecturing and assessment, programme leadership, administration and curriculum development. Currently, Prof Zulch fills the position as Head of Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria. She is author or co-author of more than 43 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and international conference proceedings on various aspects of property, project management and facilities management. She has been a presenter for 12 years, of regular adult courses in project management and facility management. She was a member of LGSETA (2014-2016), she is a member of the SABS Technical Committee for Facilities Management, develop ISO and SANS standards (2015-date), she served on the DHET Research Outputs Evaluation Panel for evaluation of scholarly books and conference proceedings (2016, 2018, 2019), she is a member of the Construction Management Foundation Advisory Committee (2019-date), a member of  The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (MAQS), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB) and registered as Candidate Valuer at the SA Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP). At the previous institution, she was responsible for curriculum design and development for distance and residential undergrad and postgrad programmes. She manages roles relevant to her discipline as project manager, candidate valuer and presents an international standing as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Research focus area:  Project and facilities management

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-2581



Marveline Molema

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-2576



Stephinah Nkwana

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-6548



Adri Viljoen

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-4147



Prof Chris Cloete

[BSc, MSc, PhD, BA Hons cum laude (UP), MBL cum laude, BTh cum laude (Unisa), FRICS]

Prof Cloete holds the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Chair in Shopping Centre Studies. He was formerly a chief scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), property development manager at a construction company and managing director of a project management company. He is past Chairman of the South African Property Education Trust, past national councillor of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and past president of the Institute of Property Practitioners of South Africa. He is author or co-author of more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and international conference proceedings, and is the author or editor of 11 books on various aspects of property. He is course leader for a number of regular adult educational courses in real estate, attended by more than 5 000 delegates over the past 25 years, and has consulted widely for the private and public sectors. Prizes and awards he has received include the British Council Fellowship for South Africa (taken up at the University of Oxford, England), Outstanding Academic Achiever at the University of Pretoria, C3 NRF-rated researcher, first honorary life member of SACSC and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as Eminent Member. 

Research focus area:  Decision-making, real estate, feasibility studies, shopping centres

Email[email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-4545



Dr Michelle Burger (MSc RE programme leader)

[BA Hons Industrial Psychology, MProp Real Estate, PhD (UFS)]

Dr Burger worked for a property development company for over a decade, managing a variety of projects, including town establishment projects, commercial office and retail space developments, residential homes and a residential lifestyle estate. She is a certified project manager (PMI). Her doctoral study was on project management in the built environment and the need for industry-specific knowledge. 

Research focus area: Profiling and Well-being in the Built Environment 

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-3833



Vita Wilkens (RE Programme Leader)

[BA LLB (NWU), Advanced Certificate in Construction Adjudication]

Miss Wilkens is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary of the High Court of South Africa. She has been a practising attorney since 2000. Since 2002, she has been involved as a conveyancer with various property developers, which ignited her interest in the real estate industry and led to her completing the coursework component of the Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning, as well as  the coursework component for the Master’s degree in Real Estate at the University of Pretoria.  

Research focus area: Contracts and Property Law

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-3599



Laetitia Cook

[BA, HONS PSY, MA: Research Psychology (UP)]

After completing her studies at UP, Ms Cook worked in private practice as an organisational consultant and property practitioner. She has worked in real estate for approximately 20 years as a project manager, marketing manager, and later a development manager for various well known South African property developers. She is an Accredited Professional of the South African Green Building Council for Sustainable Precinct ratings and specialized in precinct development as well as the latest technology used in this process including Apps.  

Research focus area: Technology in Real Estate Development, management and marketing; Future Proofing of the Property Industry, Innovation including Blockchain, AIs, etc.; Green Building and sustainability.

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-2584



Prof Hoffie Cruywagen








[BSc Quantity Surveying, MSc Quantity Surveying, PhD (UP), PrQS]

Dr Cruywagen was appointed as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics in 2001, and as a senior lecturer in 2007. Previously, he worked for various quantity surveying firms in South Africa, among others as Chief Quantity Surveyor of the Durban Metro Council. He served on various professional committees, such as the Registration Committee of the South African Council and Contract Price Adjustment Provision Committee of ASAQS. He is author and co-author of a number of peer-reviewed academic papers and has presented papers at national and international congresses. Prizes and awards he has received include the Tobie Louw bursary for postgraduate studies from ASAQS.

Research focus area: Construction cost data bases, escalation and indices. Life cycle costing. Standard documentation in construction

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-4973



Danie Hoffman (QS Programme Leader)








[BSc Quantity Surveying cum laude (UFS), MBA, MSc Quantity Surveying cum laude (UP), PrQS]

Mr Hoffman has wide experience as a quantity surveyor, being employed at a number of consulting firms since 1984. He started lecturing on a part-time basis on the master’s programme of the Department of Quantity Surveying in 2006, and was appointed as full-time senior lecturer in 2007. He served on various professional bodies and committees, such as the Standard System Joint Committee of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) (formerly the Building Industries Federation of South Africa (BIFSA)) and the Gauteng Chapter of ASAQS. 

Research focus area: Green Buildings

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-2551



Inge Pieterse









[BSc Quantity Surveying, MSc Quantity Surveying (UP), PrQS, MRICS]

Mrs Pieterse has worked in private practice for more than 20 years, where she gained a wealth of practical quantity surveying experience through her involvement in several unique and high-profile projects. She specialises in insurance aspects and expert witnessing in contractual disputes. In January 2011, she returned to UP as a senior lecturer. She served two four-year terms on the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and one four-year term on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) and various subcommittees of both councils. She still serves on SACQSP’s Identification of Work subcommittee. 

Research focus area: Short term building insurance, building cost modelling, construction cost databases  

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-6534



Elzane van Eck









[BSc Hons Quantity Surveying cum laude (UFS), MSc Quantity Surveying cum laude (UP), PrQS]

Mrs van Eck worked in private practice for several years before joining academia.  She obtained valuable expereince as quantity surveyor in market sector such as industrial, education, public and residential developments, hotels, sport, culture and transportation. In 2014 she was appointed as full time lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria.

Research focus area: Teaching, learning and human capital in the Built Environment

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-3781



Faith Dowelani

[BSc Quantity Surveying (Wits); MSc Property Development and Management]

Ms Faith Dowelani obtained her BSc degree in Quantity Surveying at the University of Witwatersrand.  She also obtained her MSc degree in Property Development and Management.  Among other she worked for the consulting firm MLC and also lectured at the University of Venda.  In 2019 she joined the Department of Construction Economics as full time lecturer.

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-6640



Derick Booyens








[BSc Construction Management, MSc Project Management (UP)]

Mr Booyens was appointed as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics in 2009. From 2000 to 2003, he gained experience in the construction industry working at a medium-sized firm in Pretoria, dealing with civil works and commercial projects and gaining exposure in all the relevant fields. He is the sole owner of a small project management consulting firm in Pretoria that handles anything from upmarket dwellings to small industrial-type contracts. 

Research focus area: BIM, VR and AR applications in construction

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-4433



Riaan Jansen








[BSc Construction Management BSc Hons Construction Management, BCom Financial Management, MSc Real Estate (UP)]

Mr Jansen was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics at UP in 2004. He is a registered construction manager, and has worked as a construction manager and assistant portfolio manager at Absa Props and Absa Credit Change. He is a recipient of the Certificate for Education Innovation, as well as the Laureate Award for Education Innovation at UP. He has a special interest in the development of game farms.

Research focus area: Construction Innovation and Construction Procurement

Email: [email protected]

Tel:  (012) 420-3589



Michael Bosch








[Bsc Construction Management, MBA]

Mr Bosch was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics at UP in 2019.  After completing his studies in 1997 he worked in industry as site agent, contracts manager and senior project planner gaining extensive construction experience on commercial buildings including a-grade office buildings, shopping centres, a 5-star boutique hotel, mining building projects and housing projects which included large scale housing projects and low-cost housing projects.

Research focus area: Construction Programming, Construction Management, Implementing 4IR in the construction process

Email: [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-4150

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