Kemlall Ramsaroop Ramdass

Kemlall Ramsaroop Ramdass, MTech, DPhil

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Member of the SA Institute of Management Services
  • Member of the SA Institute for Management Scientists
  • Member of the South African Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Member of PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management and Engineering Technology)
  • Council member of The South African Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • ECSA Registration (Pr Tech Eng- 201670276)


  • Doctorate of Philosophy Degree: Engineering Management, University of Johannesburg, 9 March 2009 (34464 – 200517757)
  • Master of Technology Degree: Production Management, Technikon Witwatersrand, 2003 (2011896) (MT0174)
  • Dip in Higher Education: Rhodes University (G15R3575 21 April 2017). Higher Education in context; Teaching and Learning; Curriculum; Assessment; Quality; Academic development.
  • Bachelor of Technology Degree: Quality, Technikon SA, 2001 (22731878) (B3593)
  • Quality Management Systems III; TQM Improvement of Business Processes III; Statistical Quality Techniques III and IV
  • Quality Auditing Techniques IV; Management Functions III; Organisational Techniques for TQM IV; Total Quality Management IV
  • Quality Planning and Implementation IV; Project IV
  • National Higher Diploma: Production Management, ML Sultan Technikon, 1992(MLST 843924)
  • Introduction to Marketing Management I; Financial Planning and Control III; Advanced Production Management Techniques IV
  • Production Management III and IV
  • National Diploma: Organisation and Work Study, ML Sultan Technikon, 1990 (MLST 843924)
  • Workstudy I, II and III; Costing and Estimating;The Personnel Function; Labour Law;Production Planning and Control Iand II;
  • Production Management Techniques II and III; Applied Statistics;Business Economics I
  • Secondary Schooling (Matric), Verulam High School, 1980



Appointed to Council of Orbit TVET college

SAIIE President’s Award

Scholarship for PG DIP HE at Rhodes


Summary of Specialist Knowledge and Expertise

Responsible for the design, development, test, and evaluation of integrated systems for managing production processes including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination. This was done through the following activities:

  • Plan, organise, lead and control application of statistical and mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing capacity, staff capacity and staff requirements, production standards.
  • Manage quality control measures and objectives.
  • Lead and manage communication with customers, staff, and management personnel regarding product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status.
  • Lead and manage draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency.
  • Lead and manage review production schedules, manufacturing specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Manage communication with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  • Manage estimate production cost and effect of product design changes for management review, action, and control
  • Lead and manage recording of information for production statistics to ensure reliability in efficiency and productivity.
  • Lead and manage study operations sequence, material flow, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
  • Lead and manage direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability.
  • Plan, organise lead and control implementation of methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility.
  • Manage and analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.
  • Plan, organise, lead and control development manufacturing methods, labour utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Lead methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
    Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Manage and regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations.
  • Manage process mapping; business process reengineering; work processes and procedures in clothing, textiles, automotive industry to determine value added during production
  • Manage training needs analysis – to identify personnel who require further training and prepare/present training sessions.
  • Lead and manage continual process improvement activities by using best demonstrated practice (BDP) domestically and internationally
  • Manage that all activities are conducted within established organisational policies
  • Manage and make recommendations on specifications for new business improvement processes and develop appropriate quality management measures
  • Manage analytical capability for the defined processes / function using business knowledge and technical skills
  • Manage and provide input into project scoping sessions and monitor project progress against planned timelines and report deviations
  • Manage progress of business process output and projects on a weekly (or as needed) basis by gathering input from all parties
  • Manage meetings with process stakeholders during piloting and/or implementation of newly designed business processes to determine stability of process and to address any issues which arise.
  • Manage risks both internal and external to the project and interpret problems using informed judgment
  • Lead and engage with all stakeholders in meetings and workshops to address needs and issues
  • Manage high level of customer service across all interactions and deliverables
  • Manage and train internal users on newly implemented business processes or quality frameworks and standards or to heighten awareness of process
  • Manage quality of owned deliverables and conduct business process audits where applicable including opening and closing meetings, process audit follow-up, recommending of corrective actions and preparation of business process audit report where applicable

Career History: Academic

During completion of DPhil and MTech have researched, authored and published numerous papers and made international presentations at professional conferences and for industry journals.


Academic roles

Plan , organize, lead and control teaching and learning, research, community engagement and academic citizenship as Associate Professor, Senior lecturer, lecturer and Professional development specialist from 1999 to present.

I have successfully planned, organized, led and controlled aspects of quality management in the development of examination papers, tutorial letters and study material. I am the leader for ECSA accreditation evaluation and am instrumental in the development of the files. Plan, organize, lead and control the preparation of the laboratories for health, safety and risk. Lead and manage the development of risk management in DMIE while engaging other engineering departments. Lead and manage advisory committee meetings, ODL research group, community engagement. I have successfully created relationships with organisations such as Ford, Transnet, Harambee, DTI, Navada, IDC, SETA’s etc. Part of the organizing committee for SAIIE, AOMC, ICARE

  • Panel member for CHE on institutional evaluation and development of report
  • Lead reviewer of qualification (quality) for CHE
  • Lead and manage ECSA accreditation evaluation in DMIE
  • Departmental accolades for research, community engagement, teaching and learning and academic citizenship (certificates attached)
  • Chair of peer evaluation committee at CPUT,TUT,UJ,DUT for quality, industrial engineering, operations management, management services
  • Team member with ECSA as a reviewer of applications and interviews – Also appointed as evaluator of engineering qualifications
  • Plan, organize, lead and control lectures in Operations Management, clothing management and quality management for UJ, Unisa and TSA
  • Professional development specialist at Centre for Professional Development for academic development on ODL
  • Currently lecturing Quality Assurance IV as part of B.Tech industrial Engineering
  • Led B.Eng Tech Honours curriculation
  • Lead and manage solar car project
  • Lead and manage advisory committee meetings
  • Lead and manage website development 2017 and 2018
  • Plan, organize, lead and control Arsutoria conference
  • Engaged with AOMC conference at UNISA, SAIIE conference, ICARE conference as organizing committee

Lecturer Technikon SA from 1 April 1999 to Dec 2006

Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg, 01 Jan 2007 to 31 October 2013

Professional Development Specialist Unisa from  1 Nov 2013 to 31 November 2014

Senior Lecturer from 01 December 2014 to Dec 2016

Associate Professor and Associate Chair From 2017 to current

Plan, organize, lead and control lecturing to BTech students in Management I, II and III – encompassing Human Resources Management, Communication, Financial Management, Marketing and Retail, Operations Management and Quality Management; and BTech: Quality programme with the following subjects:  Quality Management Systems III,TQM Improvement of Business Processes III, Statistical Quality Techniques III and IV, Quality Auditing Techniques IV, Management Functions III, Organisational Techniques for TQM IV, Total Quality Management IV, Quality Planning and Implementation IV, Project IV, Quality Assurance IV and Information systems for B.Tech Industrial engineering

  • Providing one-on-one assistance, compiling assignments, lecture notes and study material
  • Compiling and grading examination papers and assignments
  • Overseeing the overall quality of education, tuition and marking
  • Remaining up-to-date and leading the development of curriculum
  • Serving on the Departmental Quality Assurance Committee, the Quality Assurance Senate Technical Committee and the Academic Appointments Committee.
  • Lead and Manage WIL Placements
  • Lead and Manage recurriculation
  • Lead and Manage Quality interventions
  • Lead and manage industry collaborations
  • Lead and manage student bursaries


Professional Development Specialist Unisa

  • Planning, organizing, leading and controlling the development of transformative interventions and appropriate resources.
  • Lead and Manage the facilitation of the planned development interventions.
  • Lead and Manage special projects as determined by institutional operational needs.
  • Manage the collaboration with various stakeholders, to prepare interventions and appropriate resources
  • Monitor the impact of CPD interventions on the teaching community while researching future needs and directions for the institution.


Career History: Industry

Training Officer, Clothing Industry Training Board | Natal Technikon, 05.1997 – 03.1999

Leading the development and presentation of training in the clothing production sector

  • Plan, organize, lead and control training in Production, Work Study, Supervision and Quality
  • Plan manage and developing training material; Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new developments and best practice
  • Consultant on business improvement at factories (Clothing, textile, electronics, automotive)

Industrial Engineer, Coats South Africa, 07.1989 – 04.1997

Fulfilling a specialist role with the aim of improving efficiency, productivity and overall out put and profitability of manufacturing operations and production lines. Coats South Africa is an international manufacturer of threads and related goods for the clothing industry.

  • Lead and manage internal business processes and those of sister companies to identify areas of possible improvement; making recommendations, compiling improvement plans
  • Managing and monitoring performance – conducting audits, implementing measuring systems, monitoring performance and resulting data; reporting on findings and the creation of solutions to findings
  • Lead and manage plant mechanisation, methods, layouts, ergonomics to optimise production
  • Managing production – driving output, efficiency, productivity, raw materials and quality
  • Design, develop and implement a Management Information System (MIS) to measure productivity
  • Project managing relocations, procurement and installation of new equipment, implementation of ISO standards (ISO 9001/14000/18000) and occupational health and safety standards.

Career History: Early Positions

Senior Workstudy Officer, SA Clothing, 1987 – 1989. Lead and manage the creation of an efficient, productive world-class manufacturing operation – from analysing and compiling strategic plans and measuring performance to determining and driving improvement projects, designing and organising jobs, factory layouts, training, producing management information, and leading continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Workstudy Officer, Ninian and Lester, 1981 – 1987. Lead and manage performance of all work-study related functions such as time studies, method study, line balancing, garment costing, activity sampling, work flow, ergonomics.