SASPEN Council

Executive Member 


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 

President Elect

Prof Ivan Joubert

Ivan is the head of the Division of Critical Care at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. From a background in anaesthesia Ivan registered as a specialist intensivist in 2000 and has been working at Groote Schuur since 2001. Ivan has previously been the president of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa and the chair of the Committee of Critical Care for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He has a keen interest in nutrition and is registered as a LLL teacher with ESPEN. 

Executive Member 

Scientific Secretary

Prof Renée Blaauw

Prof Renée Blaauw, PhD (Nutritional Sciences) is a Professor in Therapeutic Nutrition at the Division of Human Nutrition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  She is a registered dietitian with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She acted as Chairperson of the Professional Board for Dietetics in South Africa for the period 1999 – 2004. She is also a Past President of SASPEN and an honorary member of both SASPEN and ADSA.  She is actively involved in teaching and training in dietetics, with a passion for mentoring. She strives to fulfil her educational philosophy “To stimulate, create interest and empower others to help themselves”.  Her main research interests include Nutrition support of critically ill patients; Hospital malnutrition and Nutritional management of gastro-intestinal diseases. 

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 

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.

Council Member

Lynette Cilliers

Lynette Cilliers is a clinical dietitian at Groote Schuur hospital and in the private sector. Lynette is experienced in the nutritional management of a variety of patients including critically ill, intensive care, surgical and medical patients.     

 She has a special interest in the nutritional management of patients with renal failure and transplant patients.  After concluding her studies at the North West University, Lynette completed her community service year at the Klerksdorp-Tshepong Hospital complex in 2007. Here she gained experience in clinical nutritional management of patients. Lynette remained there until she relocated to the Western Cape in 2009, where she joined the Metro Health Integrated Nutrition Program. She spent 4 years working in the Metro Health System in the Khayelitsha-Eastern Substructure. The majority of her time was spent ensuring that nutrition services were integrated into all levels of healthcare. This involved collaboration with Clinics, Day Hospitals, Non-Government Organizations, Non-Profit Organisations and other partners, to establish and improve the healthcare provided to the public in the decentralised healthcare model. She returned to Clinical Nutrition in 2013 and has been working at Groote Schuur Hospital in the renal and transplant units ever since.  Lynette has a passion for integrating healthcare in a practical manner into the daily lives of patients.

Council Member

Karen Steynberg

Dedicated and committed dietitian with extensive exposure to all variety of patients in a multi-specialty hospital.

Exceptional organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to manage the dietetics department at the

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital as well as parts of the kitchen, milk room and stores department.

Proficient in use of Microsoft Office and Windows OS link

Council Member

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.

Assistant Scientific Secretary

Shihaam Cader

Registered Dietitian (HPSCA DT0023663)

 Shihaam qualified at UCT with BSc Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been employed with Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the last 15 years working in all areas of specialised paediatric nutrition. She has been Head of the Dietetics Department for the last 10 years. She has special interests in food allergies, cystic fibrosis and all aspects of GIT nutrition, particularly enteral and parenteral nutrition. She is also happily married with 3 children, a son of 16 years, a daughter of 14 years and a daughter of 8 years.