We currently have three technical posts in the departmentfunded by the African Origins Platform (DST-NRF).
Our stalwart fossil preparator is Mrs Khokela Camagu, who has been working in the department since 2012, and assists us diligently with fossil preparation, cataloguing, labelling, cleaning, fieldwork and many other tasks in the Department. Mrs Camagu is also knowledgeable about the fossil heritage of the Eastern Cape and assists in our outreach activities, particularly with previously disadvantaged schools, in the Museum and at Scifest. She is a gifted communicator, and her ability to teach pupils in isiXhosa greatly enriches our engagement with schools. Mrs Camagu loves children, and they are drawn to her like a magnet….
Ms Siya Tracy Mnciva joined us in 2017 from the University of Fort Hare, where she completed her B.Sc. honours in Botany – hence her enthusiasm in working with plant fossils! Ms Mnciva helps to keep the department running smoothly, and also assists with tasks such as fieldwork, data collection, photography, collections management, and writing labels on millions of small pieces of rock.
Mr Sinethemba Maleki joined us in 2017 and has lent his friendly enthusiasm to all the tasks he performs in the department. In addition to providing field assistance, he assists with specimen labelling, photography, data collection (he has measured hundreds of Glossopteris leaves), cataloguing and general tasks in the department.