Isabella Scholtz

As one of the  senior associates at IDACA, Isabella Scholtz is your direct point of contact. She worked at UCT and in 2004 was recruited by Ida Cooper to assist with IDACA.  Since March 2015, when Ida took more of a back-seat in the operation, Isabella has played a major role in the day to day management. She works closely with UCT staff who are closely associated with student welfare, especially with UCT’s International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) and with Lara Dunwell, their Manager of Mobility and Links. Isabella is assisted by Shannon Dowdall, as well as by the team of carefully selected UCT senior student associates.

Shannon Dowdall


Shannon Dowdall has worked in education for over thirty years mainly in the areas of life- skills, counselling and career choice. She worked closely with UCT in her role as career counsellor. In 2014, she started working for IDACA. Her interests include music, literature, theatre, education, hiking and generally exploring all that Cape Town has to offer culturally. As a Capetonian, she is passionate about the city and its development and will be overseeing the talks, events and outings offered to the students by IDACA as well as with the orientation period.

Sithabile Kuuya

sitha_1Sithabile is a 4th year law student. Through her work with IDACA and interacting closely with semester abroad students, she has developed an appreciation of multiculturalism, travel and the ‘unknown’.She enjoys meeting new people and getting to know their individual and unique stories. Sithabile describes herself as a woman of integrity, a foodie and a fashionista. She looks forward to new adventures and showing semester abroad students the city she loves and knows so well .

Menzi Ndlovu

Menzi Menzie holds an undergraduate degree from UCT in politics, philosophy and economics and a post- grad degree in economics and transitional justice. He has a passion for learning, travelling, eating and philosophizing. He also has an enthusiasm for sports and love of the outdoors. Most importantly, he is a firm advocate of economic justice, contributing his research to solving the various inequalities that plague society. He is an avid admirer of versifiers like Wocka-Flocka Flame and Fetty-Wap and Steve Harvey is his favourite athlete. He looks forward to welcoming semester abroad students and ensuring that their stay is thoroughly enriching.

Mufudzi Nhamoinesu

Mufudzi is in his 3rd year of a Commerce degree in Information Systems . He has lived in Cape Town for 10 years. He is well integrated into the UCT community and has first- hand knowledge of how to move around the city and explore Cape Town to the fullest. He enjoys keeping fit and leading expeditions up, down and around the slopes of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. He is sociable and especially enjoys meeting new people and experiencing Cape Town with them as if it is his first time all over again.

Tessa Chittenden

Tessa is in her third year of a Humanities degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She has lived in Cape Town her whole life, and so enjoys showing new people the many hidden treasures that the city has to offer. She enjoys staying fit and being in the outdoors, especially on the mountains and in the ocean. She also has a great interest in the cultural scene in Cape Town, ranging from visual art to theatre. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Cape Town with semester abroad students.



Shannon Dowdall, Gail Symmington (UCT academic advisor for SSA) and Isabella
Shannon Dowdall, Gail Symmington (UCT academic advisor for SSA students from UCEAP) and Isabella Scholtz