Dr. Nandipha Toyota Ndudane
a) SDIC Member
b) HRRC Member
c) Non-Executive Director
Nandipha Toyota Ndudane is an independent professional and self-motivated with excellent research and writing capabilities, with the ability to grow and foster positive relationships with clients and colleagues.
With an agricultural background that was solidified whilst still a teen under the tutelage of her father who laid a foundation for her love of agriculture in general. Graduated in Bachelor of Agricultural Science, specializing in Animal Science at University of Fort Hare and also with a professional veterinary medical degree (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) obtained at the former Medical University of Southern Africa, with a Master’s degree in Veterinary Animal Pathology obtained in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Her career as an agriculturalist includes one year as a lecturer at the College of agriculture, with the Department of Agriculture, Transkei. One year as a clinician and laboratory diagnostician at the Mthatha Veterinary Laboratory, a provincial vetlab of the same department. She proceeded to join the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria as a lecturer for four and half years and worked at the Department of Pathology performing diagnostic histology and necropsies. She became one of the first recipients of funding to go to Netherlands on a sandwich master’s programme between Onderstepoort and Utrecht University. She rejoined public service in late 2005 and has since remained in this sector. She was Deputy Director Veterinary Services for Alfred Nzo district for three years and later promoted in 2009 to Director for Livestock Improvement, and after two years, in 2012 transferred to Director for Diagnostic and Advisory Services. Both of the above director posts, she pioneered and spearheaded the formation of them as they previously did not exist in the organisational structure of the department.
She joined the Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute as the Principal in 2015 and is the first woman principal since the origins of this institute in 1912. She has ties with TARDI going back to her father’s days as her’s father and siblings are TARDI alumni. Dr Ndudane’s involvement with the public sector focusses on mobilising stakeholders to work together. She strives to promote agriculture, education and training especially of girls. She participates in many governmental high priority projects promoting awareness and education of the youth.
She is the member of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission reporting directly to Premier. She is also a non-executive director for Ivili Loboya board.