Management Committee


Desiree Smal
University of Johannesburg


Safia Salaam
Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography


Committee members

Kimberly Bediako - University of Johannesburg.
Alexandra Balkanska - Greenside Design Centre.
Lizette Carstens - IIE Vega.
Monica Di Ruvo - Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Inge Economou - Inscape
Maretha Geyser - Vega IIE
Marina Hendricks - Greenside Design Centre.
Mohammed Jogie - Tshwane University of Technology.
Anneke de Klerk - Vaal University of Technology.
Tsekelo Patrick Moremoholo - Central University of Technology.
Nina Newman - Tshwane University of Technology.
Mariette Strydom - UNISA.
Hyacinthe Tonga  - Nelson Mandela University.


Senate members

Herman Botes
Tshwane University of Technology

Amanda Breytenbach
University of Johannesburg

Colin Daniels
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Sue Giloi
Inscape Education Group

Mel Hagen
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Thinus Mathee
Vaal University of Technology

Ian Sutherland
Durban University of Technology

Adrienne Viljoen
SABS Design Institute

DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers. Our next conference is a hybrid event. See above for details.

Critical skills endorsement

Professional Members in good standing can receive a certificate of membership, but DEFSA cannot provide confirmation or endorsement of skills whatsoever. DEFSA only confirm membership of DEFSA which is a NPO for Design Education in South Africa (