Staff Profiles

Head of Department

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



Personal Assistant to the HOD

Sehaam Brey

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-4972


Departmental Administrator

Marveline Molema

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-2576


Departmental Administrator

Stephina Nkwana

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-6548


Research Administrator

Adri Viljoen

Email:  [email protected]

Tel: (012) 420-4147


Construction Management

BSc CM programme leader

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



Leonie Jacobs

[BSc (Hons) Construction Management, MBA (GIBS), Pr CPM)]

Ms Jacobs is a professional construction project manager who has over 15 year of experience in the construction industry.  She gained most of her experience working for various large construction firms in Africa, working on a multitude of projects in Sub-Saharan and West Africa.  During her career in the private sector, she had the opportunity to work on various types of projects ranging from general building to civil infrastructure.  Most recently, Ms Jacobs was employed by the United States Agency for International Development where she supported the executive offices of the Southern African missions on all infrastructure-related projects. She was appointed as lecturer at the Department of Construction Economics in 2022 and is currently completing a Phd in Construction Management with a focus on lean construction in South Africa.

Research focus area: Lean Construction, Value Management, Construction Risk Management

Email: [email protected]


Quantity Surveying

BSc QS Programme Leader

Danie Hoffman

[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


Senior Lecturer

Prof Hoffie Cruywagen

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


Senior Lecturer

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


Senior Lecturer

Dr Josephine Llale

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

Ms Llale is a professional quantity surveyor. She has over 20 years’ experience in quantity surveying. She holds a BSc. Degree in Quantity Surveying from Wits University and a Masters Degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Pretoria. Josephine has recently submitted her PhD thesis for examination at Wits University where she previously lectured. She has authored 10 peer-reviewed conference papers and journal articles. Her professional affiliations include South African Council for the Professional Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP), fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She was a board member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors from 2006 to 2010.

Research focus area:  The professions, quantity surveying, public-private partnerships, 4th industrial revolution in construction, Automation and robotics in construction, change management

Email:  [email protected]



Elzane van Eck

[BSc Hons Quantity Surveying (UFS), MSc Quantity Surveying (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


Real Estate

BSc RE Programme Leader

Vita Wilkens

[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



Tebogo Ngele

[BSc Quantity Surveying (UP); MSc Real Estate (UP)]

Ms Ngele obtained her BSc degree Quantity Surveying and MSc in Real Estate at the University of Pretoria. Amongst other things she has worked in private practice for several years before joining academia. Industry experience includes Quantity Surveying, Project Management & Banking. In 2021 she was appointed as full time lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria

Research Focus Area: Real Estate, Green Buildings and Life Cycle Costing

Email:  [email protected]

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