Administration Department
 
 

Staff

Management

Director

Rick Nuttall is the director of the National Museum

Mr Rick Nuttall    ornito [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Rick obtained an MSc (cum laude) in Zoology from the University of Natal in 1989 on research focusing on certain aspects of the behaviour of estrildid finches (Aves, Estrildidae). He was appointed as Museum Ornithologist in February 1991, a position held until his appointment as Deputy Director in 2001. His research interests include community ecology of estrildid finches, taxonomy and systematics of white-eyes (Aves, Zosteropidae) and biometrics, moult and migration of Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica, the latter in collaboration with international colleagues. Rick has authored a number of scientific, semi-scientific and popular publications, including contributions to The Atlas of southern African Birds, Roberts Birds of Southern Africa (7th Edition), The Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and Important Bird Areas of southern Africa. Rick also serves on the review panels of a number of zoological and ornithological journals.

Rick has served in various capacities on the Council of BirdLife South Africa, the country's leading bird conservation organisation and South African Partner of BirdLife International, a global network of conservation organisations; he is currently serving a term as Honorary President of BirdLife South Africa. He has also served on the committee of BirdLife Free State, the local branch of BirdLife South Africa.

Rick was appointed Director of the National Museum in May 2003. Despite the administrative responsibilities of this position, he still manages to contribute regularly as a keen participant in national bird monitoring initiatives co-ordinated by the University of Cape Town's Animal Demography Unit (ADU). These include the Co-ordinated Avifaunal Roadcounts (CAR) and the second Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2); Rick also serves on the Steering Committee of the latter and acts as Regional Co-ordinator of SABAP2 in the Free State Province.

Rick has a keen interest in the outdoors and is passionate about birds and birding; he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. He is also a keen amateur avian sound recordist. His most recent interests include watching butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.


Personal Assistant to the Director

Shirley van der Westhuizen is the personal assistant to the director of the National Museum

Mrs Shirley van der Westhuizen   direk [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za 

Shirley has been working at the Museum since May 1999.

Responsibilities

  • Personal Assistant to the Director
  • Secretarial duties
  • Typographical layout of reports and the Museum’s research journal Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum

Finance and Administration including Procurement Office and Support Services

Chief Financial Officer

Erika Smit is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Ms Erika Smit CA (SA)   erika [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Erika qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1995 and completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she remained until 2006. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the National Museum in 2006.


Management Accountant

Palesa Lerotholi   palesa [dot] lerotholi [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Palesa obtained her B. Com (Accounting) Hons degree in 2007 from the University of the Free State.  She worked at the Auditor General from 2010 until 2012.  Palesa joined the staff of the Free State Department of Education as an Assistant Director in 2013.  She was appointed at the Museum in 2014 in the position of Management Accountant.  Palesa is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the Free State.

 

 


Senior Bookkeeper

Michelle Barnes is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Michelle Barnes   michelle [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Michelle has a BSc degree and joined the Museum in June 1994; she transferred to the Administration Department in 2006 after working as Research Assistant in the Acarology Department for 12 years.

Responsibilities

  • Time and Attendance
  • Salaries
  • Debtors
  • Bank Reconciliation

Senior Bookkeeper

Mrs Sanna LesebaSanna Leseba   sanna [dot] leseba [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Responsibilities

  • Creditors
  • Assets and Inventory
  • Petty cash

 

Senior Bookkeeper

(Head of Procurement Office)

Ilse de Swart is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Ilse de Swardt    ilse [dot] deswardt [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Ilse has a NDip (Secretarial) diploma and joined the Museum in January 1991. She started as Switchboard Operator and transferred to the stores in 2001.

Responsibilities

  • Provisioning and Procurement
  • Fleet Management

Bookkeeper

(Procurement Office)

Cliffie Barnes is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mr Cliffie Barnes   cliffie [dot] barnes [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Cliffie joined the Museum in April 2003 as Caretaker at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. He transferred to the stores in May 2009.

Responsibilities

  • Provisioning and Procurement

Switchboard operator and Shop Assistant

Diane Smith is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Diane Smith   shop [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Diane has a diploma in nursing and joined the Museum in April 2006 as a part time relief for the switchboard and shop. She was permanently appointed as Assistant in Café Museum in August 2007 and transferred to the Administration Department in February 2009.

Responsibilities

  • Switchboard operator
  • Manage telephone and postage accounts.
  • Sshop assistant

Human Resources Generalist

Cobus Jansen van Rensburg    hr [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Cobus Jansen van Rensburg

Cobus obtained a BSoc Sc degree at the University of the Free State in 1989 (part time), followed by a BSoc Sc Hons in 1993, majoring in Industrial Psychology. He joined the Museum in 2009.


Messenger

Vacant


Caretaker Services

Chief Caretaker

Lieb Venter is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mr Lieb Venter  lieb [dot] venter [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Lieb has been working at the Museum since November 2002 and was promoted to Chief Caretaker in May 2007.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise caretakers
  • Security of the Museum and buildings
  • Maintenance matters with regard to buildings and alarms
  • Client services and enquiries
  • Liaise with the Department of Public Works
  • Reception desk

Senior Caretaker

Pule Moeng is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mr Pule Moeng    pule [dot] moeng [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Pule joined the Museum in September 2007.

Responsibilities

  • Security of the Museum and buildings
  • Reception desk
  • Client services and enquiries
  • General maintenance

Caretaker

Jacob Tsomela is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mr Jacob Tsomela    jacob [dot] tsomela [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Jacob joined the Museum in January 2007.

Responsibilities

  • Security of the Museum and buildings
  • Reception desk
  • Client services and enquiries
  • General maintenance

Relief Caretakers

Mr Vic Victor

Mr Dup du Plessis

Mr Hennie Snyman


Cleaning staff

Trudie Peyper is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Supervisor: Trudie Peyper   trudie [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Trudie's main work is in the Arachnology Department.  In addition to this, she supervises the cleaning staff.


Cleaning Staff

Edith Leeuw

Edith Leeuw


Cleaning staff

Naomi Komako is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Naome Komako joined the Museum in June 1984.


Cleaning staff

Florrie Makhabe is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Florie Makhabe joined the Museum in November 1981.


Cleaning staff

Mangi Malaku is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Ms Mangi Malaku joined the Museum in July 2002.


 

 

Cleaning staff

Elsie Nkedi is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mrs Elsie Nkedi joined the Museum in October 2004.


Cleaning staff

Elizabeth Ntsala is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Ms Elizabeth Ntsala joined the Museum in January 1984.


 

Cleaning staff

Maria Nthati Phalole joined the Museum in July 2005. 


Cleaning staff

Benjamin Taole is a staff member of the National Museum in the financial and administration department

Mr Benjamin Taole joined the Museum in January 1984.