National Museum, Bloemfonteinan agency of the Department of Arts and Culture
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.
Mrs Shirley van der Westhuizen direk [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za
Shirley has been working at the Museum since May 1999.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Sanna Leseba sanna [dot] leseba [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za
(Head of Procurement Office)
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.
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.
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.
Cobus Jansen van Rensburg hr [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za
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.
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.
Mr Pule Moeng pule [dot] moeng [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za
Pule joined the Museum in September 2007.
Mr Jacob Tsomela jacob [dot] tsomela [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za
Jacob joined the Museum in January 2007.
Mr Vic Victor
Mr Dup du Plessis
Mr Hennie Snyman
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.
Mrs Naome Komako joined the Museum in June 1984.
Mrs Florie Makhabe joined the Museum in November 1981.
Ms Mangi Malaku joined the Museum in July 2002.
Mrs Elsie Nkedi joined the Museum in October 2004.
Ms Elizabeth Ntsala joined the Museum in January 1984.
Maria Nthati Phalole joined the Museum in July 2005.
Mr Benjamin Taole joined the Museum in January 1984.