Dr Eduan Kotzé
Senior Lecturer
Computer Science and Informatics
WWG 320
Computer Science and Informatics
IB 65
051 4013707
Mathematical Sciences Building 313

Short CV

  • Qualifications
    • 1995 - B.Sc. (Computer Science, Applied Mathematics)
    • 1998 - B.Sc. (Hons) (Computer Information Systems)
    • 2000 - Certificate in Health Management - cum laude
    • 2003 - M.Sc. (Computer Information Systems) - cum laude
    • 2008 - Ph.D. (Computer Information Systems)


Peer-Reviewed Books

Brokensha, S., Kotzé, E., and Senekal, B.A. (2019). Reinventing the Social Scientist and Humanist in the Era of Big Data: A perspective from South African Scholars. SUN MeDIA, Bloemfontein. 193 pages. https://doi.org/10.18820/9781928424376

Accredited Journal Publications

Oriola, O. and Kotzé, E. (2020). Evaluating Machine Learning Techniques for Detecting Offensive and Hate Speech in South African Tweets. IEEE Access. 8(1), 21496–21509. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2968173

Senekal, B. and Kotzé, E. (2019). Open Source Intelligence for conflict monitoring in contemporary South Africa: Challenges and opportunities in a big data context. African Security Review. 28(1), 1-19. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10246029.2019.1644357

Senekal, B. and Kotzé, E. (2019). Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for security purposes: Developing a data analysis pipeline to analyse relevant WhatsApp messages. South African Journal of Science and Technology, 38(1), 1-10. http://www.satnt.ac.za/index/satnt/article/view/717

Kotzé, E. and Senekal, B. (2018). Employing sentiment analysis for gauging perceptions of minorities in multicultural societies: An analysis of Twitter feeds of the Afrikaner community of Orania in South Africa. The Journal of Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 14(1), a564. http://doi.org/10.4102/td.v14i1.564

Senekal, B. and Kotzé, E. (2018). Die ontwikkeling van `n koste-effektiewe en byderwetse multimedia digitale argief by EPOG in Orania. LitNet Akademies (Geesteswetenskappe), 15(3), 239-275. https://www.litnet.co.za/die-ontwikkeling-van-n-koste-effektiewe-en-byderwetse-multimedia-digitale-argief-by-epog-in-orania/

Van der Linde, I.D. and Kotzé, E. (2018). Design and Evaluation of an Artefact for Real-Time Twitter Sentiment Analysis: Lessons Learnt. Journal of New Generation Sciences. 16(1), 130-145. https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-151bd3ce3e

Kotzé, E. (2017). A survey of Data Scientists in South Africa. In: Liebenberg J., Gruner S. (eds). ICT Education. SACLA 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 730, 175–191. Springer, Cham. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69670-6_12

Kotzé, E. (2017). Augmenting a Data Warehousing Curriculum with Emerging Big Data Technologies. In: Liebenberg J., Gruner S. (eds). ICT Education. SACLA 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 730, 128–143. Springer, Cham. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69670-6_9

Senekal, B. and Kotzé, E. (2017). Die statistiese eienskappe van geskrewe Afrikaans as ’n komplekse netwerk, LitNet Akademies (Geesteswetenskappe), 14(1), 27-59. http://www.litnet.co.za/statistical-properties-written-afrikaans-complex-network/

Kotzé, E. (2016). `n Oorsig van grootdata-en datawetenskaponderrig aan Suid-Afrikaanse universiteite, South African Journal of Science and Technology, 35(1), a1387. http:/satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/view/1387

Mudzana, T. and Kotzé, E. (2015). Some Determinants of Business Intelligence Adoption using the Technology-Organisation-Environment Framework: A Developing Country Perspective. Journal of New Generation Sciences, 13(1), 107-119

Kotze, J.E. and McDonald, T (2012). A Longitudinal Patient Record for Patients Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment. Journal of New Generation Sciences, 10(1), 49-62.

Kotze, J.E. and McDonald, T (2010). An information system to manage rollout of the antiretroviral treatment programme in the Free State. Curationis, 33(2), 60-68.

Ingle, S. M., May, M., Uebel, K., Timmerman, V.,Kotze, E., Bachmann, M., Sterne, J. A., Egger, M., Fairrall, L.; for the International epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa (IeDEA-SA). (2010). Differences in access and patient outcomes across antiretroviral treatment clinics in the Free State province: A prospective cohort study. South African Medical Journal, 100(10), 675-681.

Ingle, S. M., May, M., Uebel, K., Timmerman, V., Kotze, E., Bachmann, M., Sterne, J. A., Egger, M., Fairrall, L.; for IeDEA-Southern Africa. (2010). Outcomes in patients waiting for antiretroviral treatment in the Free State Province, South Africa: prospective linkage study. AIDS 2010 November; 24(17), 2717-2725.

Peer-Reviewed Published Conference Contributions

Oriola, O. and Kotzé, E. (2019). Automatic Detection of Abusive South African Tweets using a Semi-Supervised Learning Approach. Proceedings of the South African Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR 2019), pp. 90-102. Cape Town, South Africa. 3-6 December 2019. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2540/FAIR2019_paper_19.pdf

Oriola, O. and Kotzé, E. (2019). Automatic Detection of Toxic South African Tweets using Support Vector Machines with N-Gram Features. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Soft Computing & Machine Intelligence (ISCMI 2019), pp. 126-130. Johannesburg, South Africa, IEEE. 19-20 November 2019. 

Phoobane, P. and Kotzé, E. (2018). The Role of Quality of Information and Intention to Use in Mobile Business Intelligence. Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced in Big Data, Computing and Data Communication Systems (icABCD 2018), pp 68-73. Durban, South Africa, IEEE. 6-7 August 2018. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICABCD.2018.8465453

Botma, E. and Kotzé, E. (2016).  Feasibility of a low-cost computing cluster in comparison to a high-performance computing cluster: A developing country perspective. CONF-IRM 2016 Proceedings, paper 44, pp 1-14. Cape Town, South Africa, 18-20 May 2016. http://aisel.aisnet.org/confirm2016/44/

Pretorius, A., Kotzé, E., and Kruger E. (2016). Tweeting and Environmental Awareness: Social Media`s Contribution. Proceedings of the Centenary Conference of the Society of South African Geographers. pp 158-169. Stellenbosch, South Africa, 25-28 September 2016.

Kotzé, E. and Goede, R. (2016). Preparing Postgraduate Students for Industry without neglecting scholarly development: using Project-Based Learning and Design Science Research to develop a software artefact. Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation & Technology (CSEIT 2016). pp 57-64. Singapore, 10-11 October 2016.

Muriithi, G.M. and Kotzé J.E. (2013). A conceptual framework for delivering cost effective business intelligence solutions as a service. Proceedings of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologist Conference (SAICSIT 2013), pp 96-100. East London, South Africa. ACM

Muriithi, G.M. and Kotzé J.E. (2012). Cloud Computing in Higher Education: Implications for South African Public Universities and FET Colleges. Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference on WWW Applications, pp 4-24. Durban, South Africa, 7-9 November 2012.

Kotze, J.E. and McDonald T. (2011). Effectiveness of a Business Intelligence Solution to Manage the Antiretroviral Theraphy Programme. Proceedings of the 4th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (HEALTHINF 2011), pp 543-546. Rome, Italy, 26-29 January 2011.

Kotze, J.E. and McDonald T. (2010). Using Record Linkage to Conform the Patient Dimension of an Antiretroviral Therapy Data Warehouse. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Health Informatics (AfricaHI 2010), 687(1), pp 187-194. Gaborone, Botswana, 6-8 September 2010.

Kotze, J.E. and McDonald T. (2007). Challenges in developing a data warehouse to manage the rollout of antiretroviral therapy in a developing country. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA), pp 406-410. Vancouver, Canada, 19-23 May 2007.

Technical Report Contributions

De Smedt, T., Jaki, S., Kotzé, E., Saoud, L., Gwózdz, M., De Pauw, G., Walter Daelemans, W. (2018). Multilingual Cross-domain Perspectives on Online Hate Speech. Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics Technical Report Series, CTRS-008, 10 September 2018. https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.03944

Publications (Short List)


  • Currently working towards developing technologies for extraction and analysis of sentiment from microblogging websites, using a combination of natural language processing (NLP), text mining and machine learning techniques.

Area(s) of Interest

  • Algorithms and natural language processing (NLP) techniques to process large sets of unstructured data (for example Sentiment Analysis)

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Natural Language Processing, Feature Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence

Courses Presented

  • CSIS2664 (Software Design)
  • CSID6853 (Data Warehousing)
  • CSID6823 (Business Intelligence)
  • CSIS7935 (Data Warehousing and Mining)

Community Service

Service Learning


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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