Researchers

Prof Fhumulani Mavis Mulaudzi

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Professor Fhumulani Mavis Mulaudzi is the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Ubuntu Community Model in Nursing. She is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Pretoria with 37 years of professional experience. Prior to her appointment as SARChI, Prof Mulaudzi was the Head of the Department of Nursing Science for 10 years and a Chair of the School of Health Care Sciences for 5 years. She has also served in many leadership positions. She was the chairperson of the Forum for University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA), QUAD member of the African Regulatory Committee, and African Regional coordinator of SIGMA Theta tau, President of ChiXi at large chapter and the treasurer of the committee of South African Health Science Deans. She is a founding member of the Academy of Science Nursing in South Africa (ANSA). She served as a member of CSIR research committee for three terms. She also served as a deputy chair for the Bamboo Bridge International which is an organisation that promotes traditional healing and other methods of care.Prof Mulaudzi was a runner up for the Distinguished Women in science award in 2011 for her work in indigenous knowledge system research. She is currently the Editor in chief of Curationis nursing journal, member of the advisory board of Scielo and the Deputy President of DENOSA. She is a C3 NRF rated researcher. Her research interest lies in human rights and ethics, HIV/AIDS, indigenous knowledge system and reproductive health. She is known for promoting the philosophy of Ubuntu in nursing ethics. Prof Mulaudzi’s work is recognised by her peers as evidenced by the number of times she has read papers as a keynote speaker at both national and international conferences

 

Prof RT Lebese Bioschetch

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Professor Rachel Tsakani Lebese is a Research Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Venda. She has been occupying this position for the past 5 years. She is a licensed nurse. Her PhD (2010) was on the development of ‘A model to promote dialogue about sexual health between teenagers and parents/teachers in Limpopo Province, South Africa’.Her research interest is rooted around culture, Ubuntu, sexual and reproductive health, applying and community-engaged participatory rural appraisal to address problems identified together with the community.  She has led to the completion of several research projects such as breast self-examination, and the implementation of a model to promote dialogue between teenagers and parents.Prof Lebese has over 2 decades (2000 to date) of experience in Higher Education teaching specialising in Community Based Nursing Education. She taught undergraduate students, by applying a problem-based community-centered project-organized curriculum. The same engagement is also used for research in trying to revive Ubuntu among communities. Prof Lebese is involved in hospital boards, the Ubuntu community movement, and youth Ubuntu boot camps, using theatre approaches. This is a transdisciplinary multistakeholder project involving different faculty departments, and interfaculty engagements, with different community members and institutions. To date, she has supervised to completion of 14 master’s and 11 PhD candidates and has published 85 articles in accredited journals.

ORCiD:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3209-5660

 

Prof Thifhelimbilu Irene Ramavhoya

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Thifhelimbilu Irene Ramavhoya is a researcher, primary health care nurse specialist and a midwifery lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science. She is an associate professor at the University of Limpopo. She worked for 17 years as a clinical nurse practitioner and an acting operational manager in one of the primary health care facilities of Vhembe district, Limpopo province. Her research interest lies in maternal, women & child health, HIV and Aids and work related to primary health care. She is currently a member of the Turfloop Research Ethics Committee at the University of Limpopo and a chairperson of community engagement in the department. She is also a reviewer of articles in various journals, internationally and nationally, including being the co-editor of an IntechOpen health care perspective book. She has published various articles in accredited research journals at national and international levels.

ORCID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5065-9119

 

Nombulelo Veronica Sepeng

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Nombulelo V. Sepeng is a senior lecturer in UP’s Department of Nursing. In 2011, she received an Atlantic Philanthropy grant to pursue her MA at NWU. The University of California, Los Angeles awarded her the Tirisano pre-doctoral scholarship in 2016 to spend three months in Los Angeles learning about research methodologies in mental health care, trauma, rape, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. For her PhD studies, she received an NRF linked bursary. Sepeng received the following awards, the Golden Key internal honour society award, an award for ‘Promising Young Researcher’ and ‘Best Researcher in Publications’ as an emerging and mid-researcher. Sepeng has published 20 articles and supervised seven MA students and two PhD student in Nursing. Her primary areas of interest are women’s health care, mental health care consequences and management of rape survivors and unplanned teenage pregnancies.

ORCID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9394-557X

 

Maurine Rofhiwa Musie 

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Maurine R. Musie is a Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Pretoria. She is currently a PhD scholar whose research focus area is on Indigenous Knowledge systems, specifically focusing on collaborating with Traditional Birth Attendants to improve access to maternal health care. Furthermore, she obtained her Masters in Advance Midwifery and Neonatal Sciences 2018 at University of Pretoria. She published an article which focused on identifying the factors that hinders midwives utilisation of alternative birth positions and presented her findings at an International council of Nurses conference held in Singapore. In 2015 she was awarded the first African student to obtain Cumluada in Bachelors of Nursing Sciences. As a young midwife her research and passion are towards midwifery and neonatal care, as well as incorporation of traditional health medicine for improved quality of Care.

Mr Raikane James Seretlo

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Mr. Raikana J. Seretlo is an nGAP Lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), specializing in Public Health. He holds a master’s in public health (MPH) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree. With a background in nursing, he has extensive experience in mother and child healthcare. Previously, he worked as a Clinical Applications Specialist at Philips Africa and as a research and lecturer assistant at the University of Pretoria.Mr. Seretlo's research interests encompass eHealth, telemedicine, mHealth applications, innovation and technology, HIV/AIDS, climate change, and sexual and reproductive healthcare services. He focuses on addressing the healthcare needs of key populations, including the LGBTIQ+ community, prisoners, sex workers, and survivors of gender-based violence and rape.Outside of academia, Mr. Seretlo has achieved numerous accolades, such as being recognized as the best student in enrolled nursing (both practical and theory), community nursing, and psychiatric nursing. He graduated cum laude with a nursing degree and has been honoured by the Golden Key International Honour Society. He has also been named one of the Mail and Guardian 200 young South Africans and was nominated as a Nurse Hero in 2023. Additionally, he received the CEO Innovative Nurse award.

ORCID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-9065

Linkedin : http://linkedin.com/in/raikane-james-55bb4170

Maikeleng Ledimo

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Maikeleng Ledimo is a young, dynamic and aspiring researcher who is currently enrolled for her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Her niche is advocacy hence she is doing a transdisciplinary research on cases of sexual violence against women. She joined the Ubuntu research group in 2022 and is currently under the traditional health practices group. Maikeleng enjoys expanding her knowledge base and imparting it everywhere she goes. Nominated as one of the top 50 Nurse Heroes in 2023, Maikeleng is a certified  change-maker and advocate for the effects of climate change on the health of disadvantaged groups.

ORCID : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9298-5713

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/maikeleng-ledimo-74392b193/

 

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