Meet the Team


MSc Food Science (Stellenbosch)

Mathew’s employment experience includes developing and implementing HACCP and FSSC 22000 based food safety management systems in high risk and low-risk facilities, along with detailed management of the food safety management systems. Mathew has gained extensive experience in bakeries, RTE, salads, sauces, meze products, seafood, dairy, cheese, curing and smoking, meat processing including abattoirs, emulsions, curing, smoking as well as fresh meat processing.

Mathew has completed his Masters in Food Science, at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating cum laude in 2015. The scope of his research focused on value-added game meat, specifically pertaining to the acidification of Blesbok meat salami.

Currently, Mathew is a contract auditor operating in the retail and certification sectors, having attained his FSSC 22000 lead auditor certificate in 2015. CereusSA has been operating formally since December 2015 and services clients in a variety of food manufacturing categories.


NDip Food Technology (CPUT)

Maria’s work experience includes both high and low-risk facilities. She has gained valuable experience in Seafood smoking, curing and value-added products, RTE salads, soups and meals, as well as dairy involving cheese production and baking manufacture. Maria’s experience has focussed of the development and management of food safety management systems along with technical experience involving NPD, microbiology and labelling of food products according to local regulations.

She completed her National Diploma in Food Technology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2012.


PhD Food Science (Stellenbosch)

Michaela acquired her PhD in Food Science in the field of applied food microbiology with a focus on meat microflora. Her Dissertation topic was: “Antibiotic resistance prevalence in wildlife species in South Africa.” She has an active passion for applying food safety theory into the food industry whereby she assists CereusSA in supplying a service to our valued clients.


BSc Food Science (Stellenbosch)

Nicholas obtained his BSc degree in 2015 from Stellenbosch University. Since then he has been working in the fishing industry with extensive experience developing, implementing and managing food safety systems. His systems were FSSC 22000 certified and assisted the manufacturer supply local retailers.

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