Meet our staff members

The Department of Journalism has a number of permanent staff members who are involved in teaching and research.

The Rykie van Reenen fellow teaches the honours students Journalism Practice and media industry professionals guide the students through various specialisation courses.

Departmental Chair

Prof Lizette Rabe
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PhD and MA Journalism convener

Dr Gabriël Botma
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BAHons Journalism convener

Dr Marenet Jordaan
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 Journalism Practice lecturer

Ms Anneli Groenewald
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Administrative officer

Ms Elizabeth Newman
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Departmental Assistant

Ms Lijuan Williams-Daniels
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Prof George Claassen
Ms Saffron Greeff

Research Fellows

Extraordinary lecturer

  • Dr Michael Eckardt

Research Fellows

  • Mr Johannes de Villiers
  • Dr Bevelyn Dube
  • Dr Gerda Engelbrecht
  • Dr Bimbo Fafowora
  • Dr Anthony Gunde
  • Dr Ivan Lukanda
  • Dr Leonard Makombe
  • Dr Sibongile Mpofu
    Dr Mphathisi Ndlovu
  • Dr Thulani Tshabangu
Specialist lecturers
The Department of Journalism also boasts the input of seasoned industry professionals. The honours students have the privilege to learn from these experts.

Important staff members from our past

Chair / Head of DepartmentYear
Dr Gabriël Botma2012-2014 | 2018-2019
Prof Piet Cillié1978-1983
Prof Johannes Grosskopf1984-1993
Prof George Claassen1994-2000
Prof Lizette Rabe2001-2011 | 2015-2017
and present
Rykie van Reenen-fellowsYear
Mr Bun Booyens1998-1999
Dr Johan Retief2000-2002
Mr Tobie Wiese2002-2004
Mr Gabriël Botma2005
Mr Dirk Jordaan2006
Ms Jacolette Kloppers2007
Mr Gert Coetzee2008
Ms Anastasia de Vries2009
Ms Jo-Ann Floris2010
Ms Hannelie Booyens2011
Ms Willemien Brummer2012
Mr Johannes de Villers2013-2014
Ms Jeanne van der Merwe2015
Ms Corli van der Merwe2016
Mr Andre Gouws2017-2018
Ms Carryn-Ann Nel2019
Ms Anneli Groenewald2020-2021
Mrs Winie Rousseau1978 - 1994
Mrs Leona Amoraal1978 - 2004
Ms Bevely Februarie2004 - 2007
Ms Chantal Newman2007 - 2009
Ms Elizabeth Newman2009 - present
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