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Ms Maggie Grootboom

Administrative Assistant & Contact

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I was born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, where I completed my Secondary Schooling at Garlandale High School. I then went for Tertiary Education to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where I obtained my National Diploma in Human Resource Management.


Olivia 2Mrs Olivia Briton

Project Co-ordinator

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I was born in Port Elizabeth and brought up on a Dairy farm in the Eastern Cape. Schooling meant being a boarder at schools in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. I moved to Cape Town after school to train as a nurse at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, and thereafter I worked at Groote Schuur Hospital and specialised in Oncology. I ran the Gynaeoncology Chemotherapy unit for five years before moving to the UK in 1997, here I started my career in Medical Research at St Bartholomews Hospital, London, as the Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Research nurse. In 2000 I moved back to Cape Town and worked as the project Co-Ordinator for the ‘Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project’ at UCT, managing various research studies to prevent Cervical Cancer. I’ve now joined HICRA as the Research Project Co-Ordinator and am working on the B-A-HEF study.


Mr Mlamli Tshaka

Lab / Administrative Assistant

I was born in the Eastern Cape Town of Tsomo where I studied until matric at Ndema High School.  I only came to Cape Town in 1998 where I enrolled for Management Assistant Diploma at College of Cape Town.  I went on to further my studies at Cape Technikon where I completed Diploma in Public Relations.  I now hold a B-Tech Degree in Project Management completed at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  During my stay in Western Cape I worked for various companies namely Pathcare, National Health Laboratories etc in administrative side of laboratories.  I joined UCT in 2009 first, in IDM and later, in the Hatter Institute of Cardiology Research in Africa.

Mrs Patricia van der Walt

Departmental Assistant

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Mrs Patricia van der Walt

Ms Johanna Hermanus

Housekeeping Assistant





Ms Bridget Radebe

Bridget has worked with Prof Karen Sliwa at the University of Witwatersrand on several heart research projects. Currently, Bridget is working on the PROTECT-Africa study as a research nurse in which she will screen, recruit and collect blood from active participants of the study.