Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning


Walter Sisulu University prides itself as a value-driven institution which through quality teaching and learning, research, innovation and community engagement, inspires future-ready graduates to become responsible citizens who are able to address complex societal challenges in critical, ethical, scholarly, sustainable and entrepreneurial ways

It continues to develop its staff pedagogically and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, and it will continue to infuse ICTs in teaching and learning.

The Learning and Teaching Division is a value-driven, technology-infused division, conducting programmes and offering services that are responsive to the learning and teaching needs of Walter Sisulu University students and staff.

The Division’s mission is to provide quality education through the capacity building of academics in technology -infused learning and teaching methodologies that are student-centred, lead to student success and are valued by stakeholders.

The Learning and Teaching Division exists to enable epistemological access through technology-infused learner-centred education support.


Directorate Staff

Professor Clever Ndebele
Professor Clever NdebeleSenior Director: Learning and Teaching
Certificate in Education, (UZ), Cert in Facilitation of Learning (UFH), BEd (UZ), PGDHET for Academics (UFH), PGDHE for Academic Developers (Rhodes, Cum Laude), MEd (UZ), PhD (UFH).

Prof Clever Ndebele, a HESA/HELM fellow, is currently the Senior Director: Learning and Teaching. He has extensive teaching experience in higher education with more than 10 years’ experience at senior management level. He has been involved in several national advisory initiatives as member of the National Advisory Committee on post graduate supervision (NUFFIC funded), Advisory Board Member of the University of Cape Town: Centre for Improving Teaching and Learning, as a member of the HELTASA Executive Committee, as member the first joint HELTASA /CHE National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards Adjudication Panel.

Prof Ndebele is published widely in the field of Higher Education Studies and has guest edited a special issue of the South African Journal of Higher Education. Has participated in several (NRF) research projects in collaboration with other universities and has served as an evaluator for the NRF.

He has also been involved in several Teaching Development Grant National collaborative projects namely Development of a PGDHE for educational development practitioners and development of a PGDHE for academics. He is currently a member of the Minister of Higher Education and Training reference group on extended degree programmes, the National Coordinating Committee for the National Framework for Enhancing Academics as University Teachers and the National Standards and Reviews Committee of the Council on Higher Education.

Currently, he coordinates the University Capacity Development programme, the New Generation of Academics Programme and Future Professors programme at Walter Sisulu University.


Dr Tozama Mandindi
Dr Tozama MandindiSenior Research Associate
PhD (UFH, 2013), MSc (UWS-Australia, 2001), BSc (UZ, 1994), FDE for Tertiary teaching (RU, 2000), SSTD, (Giffiths Mxenge College of Education, 1984)

Research Philosophy: "Great teachers don't always want to become principals-they would rather create and build networks for enhancing learning, teaching & research-communities of practice"
Professional Academic and Leadership Development Certificates: Leadership and management in Higher Education: obtained from the graduate School of Public and Development (University of Witwatersrand), ICDL; Moderation; Facilitation; Assessment; Postgraduate Supervisor-CHERTL (Rhodes); Writing for publication; Trained & Registered CHE Programme Reviewer; Coordinator of nGAP Programme at WSU
Fellowships: Advancing Teaching at Universities (TAU); Teaching & Research Development initiative, SANPAD; Postgraduate development, Curriculum Development (CPUT); Strengthening Academic Authorship: ANFASA-Fellowship for authors who have also sponsored a book she is authoring; Postgraduate Supervision Course: Rhodes University-CHERTL.
Teaching and Leadership Experience: Dr Thozama N Mandindi is currently Senior Research Associate, serving as Academic Professional Developer, charged with coordinating Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for the entire Walter Sisulu University. She has also served as Director of School of Technology-comprised of three Departments for more than five years. And she has vast experience in teaching and leading academic Programmes having been a HOD & Programme Coordinator for more than ten years.
Institutional Office
Heritage Building
Telephone +27 (0) 43 703 858602 Secretary +27 (0) 43 703 8536, Mobile +27 (0) 761 174 269, Email tmandindi@wsu.ac.za


Ms Dorris Mnengi-Gweva
Ms Dorris Mnengi-GwevaManager: First Year Student Support
MSc (WSU), BSc Hons (Zoology), BSc (Biological Sciences), PG Dip in Higher Education (for Academic Developers) (Rhodes University)

Nelson Mandela Drive Campus
CLTD Building, 1st Floor
Telephone +27 (0) 47 502 2585
Mobile +27 (0) 66 513 1006
Email dmnengi@wsu.ac.za
Admin Assistant  Zikhona Zenani Telephone +27 (0) 43 703 8536, Email zzenani@wsu.ac.za


Mr Zwelijongile Gaylard Baleni
Mr Zwelijongile Gaylard BaleniManager: Academic Staff Development (Mthatha Campus)
MEd (UFS), BEd, BA(Ed) (Unitra)

Lot of experience in academic staff development and a team player

Nelson Mandela Drive Campus
CLTD Building, 1st Floor
Telephone +27 (0) 47 502 2804 Mobile +27 (0) 82 699 6879
Email zbaleni@wsu.ac.za
Secretary Sisonke Kewana Telephone +27 (0)  47 502 2802, Email skewana@wsu.ac.za


Ms Bulelwa Mkabile-Masebe
Ms Bulelwa Mkabile-MasebeManager: Learning and Teaching Development (Komani Campus)
MEd, BEd (Hons) (WSU); BCompt, BCom (Ed) (Unitra); Secondary Teachers Diploma (Butterworth College of Education)

Bulelwa Mkabile-Masebe joined CLTD now DLT as a Teaching Development Specialist in 2015 after 11 years of working as a lecturer and an HoD in the Faculty of Education at WSU.  She assisted in establishing a Faculty of Education and School Development at Komani campus, as  an Acting Dean in 2018 - 2019.  She is a member of Higher Education Research and Development of Australasia (HERDSA) and Talking about Teaching and Learning (TATAL). She received a VC Recognition award in 2020 for performance in Learning and Teaching Development.

She is currently an Acting Manager - Learning and Teaching with Technology. She believes that technological tools are useful tools and resources to provide epistemological access for students. Technology exposes us to global knowledge resources and create connectedness to the world. This is a critical skill that the 21st-century graduates need to acquire to be able to deal with the demands of the new knowledge economy. In doing this, we need to be cognisant of our historic and contextual challenges while developing graduates that are ready for the workplace. We may also need to leverage on the experiences/literacies that our students bring to the classroom/ learning spaces.

Komani Campus
Office No D 30 Whittlesea/Komani
Telephone +27 (0)  40 842 6801 Mobile +27 (0) 82 939 2991
Email bmkabile@wsu.ac.za
Admin Assistant: Siyanda Rondile Telephone +27 (0) 40 842 6807, Email srondile@wsu.ac.za


Mrs Nomnqophiso Ceza
Mrs Nomnqophiso CezaManager: Learning & Teaching Development (Butterworth Campus)
BA (Unitra), PDTE (Unisa), Master's Dip HRM (RAU), MEd (Unisa)

Working at the Academic Development unit of the university has ignited a dire need to explore and prioritize the students' voices when offering interventions. That to her is her first call of the broader Social Justice movement.

Butterworth Campus
CLTD Building Office SC 028
Telephone +27 (0) 47 401 6075 Mobile +27 (0) 82 699 6980
Email nceza@wsu.ac.za
Secretary Lumka Mzalisi Telephone +27 (0) 47 401 6074, Email lmzalisi@wsu.ac.za


Mr Mandla Mantshongo
Mr Mandla MantshongoFinance and Grants Manager (Learning and Teaching Development)
PG Dip: Monitoring & Evaluation (Wits Univ); PG Dip: Financial Accounting (Unisa); BCom Accounting (Fort Hare Univ), ND: Accounting (WSU)

  • Vast experience in project management and finance
  • Resuscitated NUFFIC project and produced two audit reports in the same year (2007 and 2008)
  • Resuscitated all projects funded by DEAT at PSJ Development Agency
  • Strong financial background which fits perfectly in managing projects
  • Championing monitoring and evaluation in CLTD projects
  • Rooted knowledge on theories driving monitoring and evaluation
  • Good interpersonal skills when interacting with different stakeholders in different projects.

Institutional Office
Heritage Building
Telephone +27 (0) 43 703 8562 Mobile +27 (0) 76 1200 080
Email mmantshongo@wsu.ac.za

Mr Mawethu Ngcweleshe
Telephone +27 (0) 43 703 8514, Email mngcweleshe@wsu.ac.za

Mr Siyabulela Kama
Admin Assistant 
Telephone +27 (0) 43 703 8536, Email skama@wsu.ac.za


Dr Mmampho Gogela-Smith
Dr Mmampho Gogela-SmithManager: Learning & Teaching Development (Buffalo City Campus)
PhD (Rhodes), MA (Social Work) (NMU), BA (Hons) (Labour Relations & HR) (NMU), BA (Social Work) (UFH)

Dr Gogela-Smith has extensive experience in teaching, community engagement, student academic development and professional staff development. She is also a MAC/Aids fellow and a former recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in teaching and learning. Dr Gogela-Smith’s current position also encompasses managing the Writing Centre portfolio across all WSU campuses. Through its services, the Writing Centre contributes to the promotion of excellence in teaching and learning in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Dr Gogela-Smith provides strategic leadership in the Writing Centre to ensure that students and academic departments receive high quality support. Over the years, she has participated actively in National Benchmark Tests nationally and institutionally. The latter bears significance for Writing Centre services. Dr Gogela-Smith finds it critical that Writing Centre work contributes positively to the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

Office: Chiselhurst, East London
Telephone +27 (0) 43 709 4741 Mobile +27 (0) 66 306 860
Email mgogela-smith@wsu.ac.za
Secretary Liziwe Sibuqashe Telephone +27 (0) 43 709 4755, Email lsibuqashe@wsu.ac.za