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Marieke Theron



Lecturer (Foodservice management)



MSc (med) by dissertation in Dietetics 2018

B. Dietetics (University of Pretoria) 2002

Qualified Assessor and Moderator (The Assessment College of South Africa) 2011


Registration/Membership of Societies

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Nutrition society of South Africa (NSSA)

Brief work history

Marieke started with her own private practice in Johannesburg in a NHC health complex where she built up her patient base for three years, after which she decided to sell the practice and move to Cape Town. In Cape Town she found a position as the Chief dietitian in Pollsmoor Correctional centre where the range of work varied between clinical dietetics, foodservice management, training of foodservice staff and training of basic nutrition to inmates. She was a key player in the Health and Safety committee of the foodservice units and developed the Health and Safety documentation for the foodservice units and much more. The experience gained at Pollsmoor was life changing and led her to start her Masters studies in dietetics at UCT. Marieke has been lecturing as the Foodservice management lecturer since the start of 2013 and in 2018 she received a merit award at UCT for her teaching.


Teaching Focus

Food Service Management

Research Focus

The nutrition and health status of disadvantaged groups of people in South Africa to ensure that the nutrition given is in line with the nutritional needs of a specific group. Currently researching the nutritional adequacy of the food served in public hospitals in the Western Cape. Marieke is envisioning a greater awareness of the need of Dietetic services in all sectors of South Africa, not only in hospitals but in detention facilities, communities, schools and retirement facilities.


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