SASPEN Council

Executive Member 


Lizl Veldsman 


Lizl graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a BSc in Dietetics and Masters of Nutrition (cum laude).  She completed her community service in Rustenburg and spent 8 years at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital working in the multidisciplinary ICU and gastrointestinal surgery unit. During this time she also fulfilled her role as Secretary of the Johannnesburg branch of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and served as council member of the South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (SASPEN). She moved to Cape Town with her family in 2017 and, after briefly working as a research assistant at the Human Nutrition division of the University of Stellenbosch, she recently started full-time at Tygerberg Academic Hospital where she works in the Burns and Neurosurgical unit. Lizl’s research interest is the role of protein delivery in the ICU, and her latest publication entitled: ‘The dilemma of protein delivery in the intensive care unit’ was accepted by an international journal. Lizl is currently the President of SASPEN and also a committee member of the Western Cape branch of the CCSSA.

Executive Member 

President Elect 

Vanessa Kotze 


Vanessa is currently working as a lecturer in clinical nutrition at the University of Pretoria as well as a registered dietitian in private practice in Pretoria. Apart from being a SASPEN member she is also a member of the Critical Care Society and ESPEN.She graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BSc degree in Human Genetics (2002) as well as BDietetics degree (2005). She later completed her Master of Nutrition degree at Stellenbosch University (2017). After spending 3 years in Port Elizabeth where she worked as a clinical dietitian in the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex, she moved back to her hometown, Pretoria where she took up a post as lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Pretoria. In her role as lecturer, she is involved in the training of the dietetic students as well as medical students in the field of nutrition support in surgery, gastro-intestinal diseases and critical illness. Her key research interest is in clinical nutrition and more specifically in the field of surgery.

Executive Member 

Scientific Secretary 

Anna-Lena du Toit 


Anna-Lena du Toit is a Chief Dietician at Groote Schuur hospital. She obtained her degree in dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 and a master’s degree in nutrition in 2016. She obtained her master’s degree in the intestinal failure patient population where fistuloclysis is used as a mode of nutrition support.She’s been working at Groote Schuur Hospital for the last 10 years in various areas of clinical nutrition, including trauma, neurosurgical ICU and medical GIT. Since 2012 her main focus areas has been surgical ICU and surgical wards, including a dedicated intestinal failure unit. She enjoys the challenges that this very diverse patient population brings about. She currently serves on the SASPEN committee as scientific secretary. Her key interest areas include immunonutrition, parenteral nutrition, surgical- and intestinal failure patients as well as critical care. 

Executive Member 


Engela Francis 


Engela obtained her BDietetics degree in 2000 at the University of Pretoria.  She is in private practice since 2017, focussing on her passion for nutrition in the critically ill patient, surgical patients as well as cardiology.Before opening her own practice, Engela was a chief dietitian for 12 years at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.  At Steve Biko Academic Hospital she worked in various areas including:  ARV Clinic, General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery.   From 2010 till 2016 she worked in the surgical and trauma ICU, where she found her true passion for nutritional therapy in the critically ill patient.  Engela is also a stern advocate for peri-operative nutrition.  During 2017 she was also a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria.  Engela serves currently as the Treasurer on the SASPEN Committee.

Executive Member 

Immediate Past President Christina Nieuwoudt  


Christina is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch with a Hons BSc Dietetics (cum Laude) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Hospital Dietetics (cum Lauce). She worked for the Kimberley Hospital Complex and Department of Health and Welfare of the Northern Cape Province before being the first South African dietitian to take up a position in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1996 at the Al Hada Armed Forces Hospital.  In 1998 she moved to the King Khalid National Guard Hospital in Jeddah where she gained experience in Oncology and Critical Care. She was appointed as Chief Clinical Dietitian in the same hospital in 2002, a position she held until her resignation in 2004.In December 2004 she took up the position of Head of Dietetics at the Al Rahba Hospital in the Abu Dhabi Emirate until December 2010 when she returned to South Africa.  As she was the only registered dietitian at first, she was responsible for enteral and parenteral nutrition support in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care. She gained invaluable clinical and management experience in diverse settings during her years overseas.  She was a member of various   inter-hospital committees of the public hospitals in Abu Dhabi, involved in dietetic intern training, CME and development of an electronic health record system, as well as JCI accreditation. She was Chairperson of the Al Rahba Hospital Patient Safety Committee and she remains an advocate for patient safety in the hospital setting.Upon her return she was involved in the education of dietetic undergraduates at the University of Pretoria as a part-time lecturer in clinical nutrition. She is now a full time private practicing dietitian at a hospital in Pretoria.

Council Member - Portfolio: ICT and communication (Social Media)

Logesh Govender 


Logesh is a clinical dietitian working in private practice. She has experience working in both public and private hospitals. She worked as a nutrition consultant to the nutrition industry and health sector and also enjoys working with the media to spread the message of healthy eating. During her time in the pharmaceutical industry she had many opportunities to educate others on clinical nutrition. She was fortunate to receive intensive training and used that to promote interest in clinical nutrition and the importance of feeding correctly.She is also an accredited Discovery Vitality dietician, member of ADSA, SASPEN and ESPEN and completed the 20 Hour Infant and Young Child Feeding in the context of HIV training course as well as a number of the LLL courses. She likes working with a wide range of clients and has three key areas of interest namely: Critical care nutrition, renal disease and non-communicable diseases of lifestyle (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer). She uses up-to-date research and guidelines to shape her work. She views the role of a dietitian as a facilitator, translating new research and scientific information into realistic and practical lifestyle changes for her clients.

Council Member - Portfolio: Scientific program

Nadia Jansen van Rensburg 


Clinical Dietitian currently one of the Chief dietitians at Groote Schuur Hospital, Western Cape.   She is a University of Pretoria graduate for both B. Diet (hons.) and completed her Master’s degree in Dietetics in 2016.  She did her community service year at the PE Hospital Complex, Eastern Cape,  then moved to the Lowveld where she worked at Themba Hospital,  Mpumalanga for alost 4 years in both fields of clinical and community nutrition.  She moved to Cape Town with her husband in 2014, where she briefly had her own practice in Sea Point and consulted surgical patients at Cape Town Mediclinic.  She enjoys pursuing research initiatives to conclude scientific research as well as to remain informed and gain a thorough knowledge of new and existing practice disciplines and methodologies.  Her current interests include Paediatric & Neonatal Nutritional Support, ICU/Critical Care nutritional support and nutrigenomics.  

Council Member - Portfolio: ICT and communication (Website)

Dorothea McDonald 


Dorothea completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch (1987-1990) and the postgraduate diploma in Hospital Dietetics at the University of Pretoria in 1991.  During 1992 she started working in Port Elizabeth at the then House of Assembly, doing community dietetics for just over 2 years.  She has a longstanding ‘relationship’ with SASPEN, as she was a member for many years, then served on the council for 7 years (2008-2015), took a 2 year break and is now back again.  She is also  member of ADSA and CCSSA in the Eastern Cape.In April 1994 she started working at a private hospital in Port Elizabeth.  Critical care forms an integral part of her responsibilities as the hospital has 55 unit beds.  Besides critical care, she has a passion for Diabetic, Renal as well as surgical / gastro-intestinal patients. She is actively involved with the practical training of the dietetic students form NMU for both clinical nutrition and food service blocks.  She also lectures post-qualified nurses, doing the ICU course.

Council Member - Portfolio: ICT and communication (Social Media)

Lindie Mosehuus 


Lindie completed her degree in Dietetics at The North West University, Potchefstroom. She got married at the end of her final year and then moved to Johannesburg where she served her community internship at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.After her community service year she started working as a clinical dietician in private hospitals and consulted with outpatients in the afternoon.She values daily research to motivate treatment regimes, she believe in an individualised approach to every patient and she diligently adhere to well researched protocols followed by Doctors and Dieticians.

Council Member - Portfolio: Membership and Marketing

Tracy Ugarchund 


Born, brought up and matriculated in Durban, Tracy set sights on the University of Cape town to further her studies.  Here she graduated with Bsc. Microbiology and Biochemistry. She then pursued her honours degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Post graduation  she started her career in corporate nutrition where she remained for a few years. Here she was exposed to clinical nutrition in both the private and public sectors. She also completed a marketing course which helped with the sales aspect of her work.  She was finally drawn to private practice and is now based at a private hospital in Cape Town.  She works with a variety of conditions ranging from critical care to diabetes and oncology. She also consults part time for corporate industry.  She strives to keep updated via attending conferences, clinical meetings or reviewing the current literature. She is currently holds the marketing and membership portfolio for Saspen. Last but not least she is married and is mum to two gorgeous boys- one who is a teenager and the other a toddler.

SASPEN Objectives:

  • To improve the management of Parenteral and Enteral nutrition in all its aspects in South Africa.
  • To promote contact with international groups with similar objectives.
  • To promote research into nutrition.
  • To promote education at all levels in nutritional management.
  • To provide funding for educational travel by its members or selected visitors.
  • To organise regular regional and national symposia or congresses (including joint symposia/congresses with other Societies)
  • To collect and administer funds in the furtherance of these objectives.
  • To provide a central co-ordinating body for the various groups involved in Parenteral and Enteral nutrition in Southern Africa.

SASPEN Vision:

To promote, coordinate and encourage the development and application of clinical nutrition practices in South Africa.

SASPEN Constitution


Contact SASPEN

Contact number: +27 (11) 061 5000 

Email address: saspenservices@vdw.co.za

Physical address: 4 Karen Street (off Peter Place), Bryanston West, (opposite the Coachman’s Crossing shopping and restaurant complex)

Postal address: PO Box 868, Ferndale 2160, South Africa

Contact SASPEN

+27 (11) 061 5000 | www.saspen.com | saspenservices@vdw.co.za

4 Karen Street (off Peter Place), Bryanston West,
(opposite the Coachman’s Crossing shopping and restaurant complex)

PO Box 868, Ferndale 2160, South Africa