Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture

Qualifications offered in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Sciences

Undergraduate Programmes

• Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Geography and Cartography a major)
• Bachelor of Environmental Science in Disaster Risk Reduction
• Bachelor of Environmental Sciences Honours (Geography and Cartography as specialisation)

Postgraduate Programmes

• Master of Environmental Science in Geography
• PhD in Geography

Staff Profiles

Dr. NS Nethengwe (Senior lecturer) (Deputy dean: School of Environmental Sciences)

Tel.: +2715 962 8593; E-mail:

Dr. Nthaduleni Samuel Nethengwe is a Senior GIS Lecturer, the Head of the Department of Geography & Geo-information Sciences and the Deputy-Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda. Dr Nethengwe received his PhD in of Geography from West Virginia University in the United States of America in 2007and has been involved in the teaching and research on Geography, GIS, RS and Water resource management since 1993. His key areas of research are mainstreaming GIS and RS into flood vulnerability assessment, gully erosion extraction, green economy (energy and transport), land reform, land use change and suitability analysis, rural livelihoods and urban organization. He is an accredited Assessor and a GIS and Remote Sensing specialist trained in ArcGIS, MapObjects, Databases and GIS technical issues by ESRI and GIMS respectively. He is currently a Univen SAF-ADAPT Research Leader.

  1. Recent publications
  • Muofhe, T., Chikoore, H., Bopape, M., Nethengwe, N.S., Ndarana, T. and Ramabuwani, G. 2020. Forecasting Intense Cut-Off Lows in South Africa Using the 4.4 km Unified Mode. Climate, 8(129). DOI: 3390/cli8110129.
  • Xulu, N., Chikoore, H., Bopape, M. & Nethengwe, N.S. 2020. Climatology of the Mascarene High and Its Influence on Weather and Climate over Southern Africa. Climate, 8, 86; doi:10.3390/cli8070086
  • Mbokodo, I., Bopape, M., Chikoore, H., Engelbrecht, F & Nethengwe, NS. Heatwaves in the Future Warmer Climate of South Africa. Atmosphere, 11, 712; doi:10.3390/atmos11070712.
  1. Recent projects and the photographs.

Dr. NS Nethengwe is the Univen Lead of SAF-ADAPT (SAF-ADAPT Summer School 2021 –    Project Team (  and USDP (USDP Summer School 2021 (  Projects, collaborative projects among UNIVEN, UFH, UCT and KU Leuven in Belgium.

  1. Community Engagements Initiatives:
  • GIS School Outreach Programme;
  • GIS for Municipalities (GIS Forum)
  • Impact of Catchment Activities on Nandoni Dam
  1. Current Master and PhD students and their project titles.


  • Mashele, JW: GIS application for electrification and network planning in Greater Giyani municipality;
  • Nemukula, I: The use of GIS to assess household’s flood risk at Hlaneki village, Greater Giyani Municipality.
  • Shiburi, W: A Comparative Assessment of Household Flood Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Mbhokota and Waterval Sections A & C, Makhado Local Municipality.

PhD students:

  • Netshisaulu, K.H: Building a Sustainable Livelihood Framework for Resilient Communities of Vhembe District Municipality, South Africa.
  • Mavhuru, B: Analysis of land use/cover change and its impact on soil erosion in Nzhelele Valley, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  • Mugove, N: Climate Change Impacts on Livelihoods in Chimanimani Community: A case of Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe


Prof BENEAH D.O. ODHIAMBO - Associate Professor

Tel: +27 15 962 8587 and +27 607786672 EMAIL: and

EDUCATION:  Doctor of Philosophy (Geography), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1993; Master of Science (Geology), University of Nairobi, 1989; Postgraduate Diploma (Geomorphology), I.T.C., the Netherlands, 1983; Certificate of Achievement in Remote Sensing, G.D.T.A/C.N.E.S, Toulouse, France, 1981; Bachelor of Science (Hons.), University of Nairobi, 1980; E.A.A.C.E, Kagumo High School, Kiganjo, Kenya, 1971 to 1976.

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION: University of Venda, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography & Geo-Information Science, Private Bag, X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa.

CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION: Associate Professor of Applied Geomorphology and Remote Sensing

Teaching, Research and Supervision

Teaches at undergraduates and graduate levels, and supervise honours, masters’ and PhD students; and mentor postdoctoral fellows.

Areas of Expertise, Publications and Research Interests

My areas of expertise are in the geosciences, particularly on the use of remote sensing and GIS techniques in geomorphology; Disaster Risk Reduction studies; geobotanical and biogeochemical assessment of Natural Resources; including hydrogeological, hydrogeomorphological surveys and mapping, Climate Change, Land Capability Studies, Vegetation Mapping; Environmental Biogeochemistry (heavy metal analyses in hydrological, geological, geochemical, and biological materials with an emphasis on geomedical and toxicological implications); Exploration of Economic Mineral Deposits, using Aerial photographs and Satellite Imagery.

Reviewer for the following Journals and Funding Institutions:

International Journal of Digital Earth; Environmental Geochemistry and Health;  NRF/BRICS 2017 and 2018 applications in areas proximate to my specialization, NDMC Bursary Committee; Centre for Academic Research and Training in Africa (CARTA); SSRN for AMPATH.

Recent Publications

  • Kori, E., B.D.O. Odhiambo and H. Chikoore, 2019: A geomorphodiversity map of the Soutpansberg Range, South Africa; Landform Analysis 38: 13–24 doi: 10.12657/landfana-038-002.
  • Fredrick Okoth Okaka, Beneah D.O. Odhiambo, (2019) “Households’ perception of flood risk and health impact of exposure to flooding in flood-prone informal settlements in the coastal city of Mombasa”, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Permanent link to this document:
  • Odhiambo, B.D.O., Kataka, M.O., and Muhuma., 2019: The Use of Remote Sensing to Map Landslides Prone Areas in Limpopo Province, South Africa; a contributing paper to the Global Assessment Report (GAR), Geneva May, 2019.

Masters Students

  • Ramadolela, Z: Sediment Characteristics and Transportation Dynamics of Sand and Nzhelele Rivers in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  • Mposi, NG: Influence of land use and land cover types on soil moisture content in Mariepskop area, South Africa.
  • Ramavhunga, M: Sedimentological and Mineralogical Characteristics of Limpopo River Sands at Beit Bridge Border Between South Africa And Zimbabwe.
  • Nedzamba, IB: Structural Setting of the Durban Basin Inferred from Marine Gravity, Magnetic and Seismic Data Offshore South Africa.

PhD Students

  • Kori E: The influence of structural geomorphology and atmospheric dynamics on erosion hazard in the Soutpansberg Mountains, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  • Ramaano A.I: Prospect of Using Tourism Industry to Advance Community Livelihoods in Musina Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa.
Dr. T. Nelwamondo (Senior lecturer)

Tel.: 015 9628582, E-mail:

Education: Dr Nelwamondo obtained BPed, BSc (Hons)  from Fort Hare university. He graduated for MA from the Nelson Mandela Bay University (Former Univ. Port Elizabeth) and obtained his PhD from University of Pretoria.

Teaching fields: Spatial analysis, Settlement and Urbanisation processes, Geography of Tourism.

Research interests: Tourism development and dynamics


Sinthumule, N.I., Ratshivhadelo, T. and Nelwamondo, T., 2020. Stakeholder perspectives on land-use conflicts in the South African section of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. Journal of Land Use Science15(1), pp.11-24.

Masters supervision

Mugari, D: Bioprospecting potentials of endemic species Berchemia discolor utilization by indigenous communities at Vhembe District Municipality.

Nemalamangwa, NE: Investigation of Water supply challenges in Thulamela Municipality: A case study of Bunzhe and Tshififi villages.

PhD supervision

Ramaano A: The prospects of using tourism to advance communities livelihood in Musina Municipality Limpopo, South Africa.

Dr. Ntavheleni V. Mudau (Senior Lecturer)

Tel.: +2715 962 8591; E-mail:

Education: Bachelor of Arts BA, University Education Diploma (UED),  BA Hons, Masters of Environmental Sciences (Geo)  from University of Venda; and PhD (Environmental Sciences) from North-West university .

Teaching fields: Human geography, quantitative and qualitative research methods, rural geography and development and post graduate research supervision. External examiner for post graduate research .

Research interests: Waste management and rural development

Recent Publications

Uhunamure, S.E.; Nethengwe, N.S.; Shale, K.; Mudau, V.; Mokgoebo, M. 2021. Appraisal of households’ knowledge and perception towards e-waste management in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Recycling, 6, x.

Current masters students

Mmowa, R: The study of the effects of industrial air pollution on human health and wellbeing in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng Province.

Nelwamondo, F: Analysis of peri-urban household solid waste management system: A case study of Lwamondo village

Dr. Matjutla J. Mokgoebo (Lecturer)

Tel.: +2715 962 8581 E-mail:

Education: Bachelor degree in education, B.Ped (Arts), and  BA Hons (Geo)  from UKZN (Durban-Westville); Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) from UKZN (Howard); M.EnvSc from University of Venda and PhD (Env.Man) from UNISA.

Teaching fields: biogeography and conservation, physical geography, natural resource management, quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Research interests: community-based conservation and management of natural resources, biodiversity management


Uhunamure, S.E.; Nethengwe, N.S.; Shale, K.; Mudau, V.; Mokgoebo, M. 2021. Appraisal of households’ knowledge and perception towards e-waste management in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Recycling, 6, x.

Semenya, S.S. and Mokgoebo, M.J. 2020. The Utilization and Conservation of Indigenous Wild Plant Resources in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. In Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences. IntechOpen.

Mashao, B.T., Stam, E.M., Parker, D.M., Mokgoebo, M.J. and Collinson, W.J., 2019. Creating a model for the prediction of roadkill Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Current masters students:

Thovhogi NJ: Assessment the impact of post dam construction on indigenous plants species at Nandoni Dam, Limpopo province

Mashao, BT: Creating a model for the prediction of roadkill in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.  

Nelwamondo, F: Analysis of peri-urban household solid waste management system: A case study of Lwamondo village

Mugari, D: Bioprospecting potentials of endemic species Berchemia discolor utilization by indigenous communities at Vhembe District Municipality.

Nemalamangwa, NE: Investigation of Water supply challenges in Thulamela Municipality: A case study of Bunzhe and Tshififi villages.

Muthivhi, FF: Assessing the spatio-temporal variation of phytoplankton productivity of Nandoni reservoir in Vhembe District (South Africa) using remote sensing and GIS

Mmowa, R: The study of the effects of industrial air pollution on human health and wellbeing in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng Province.

Mr Edmore Kori (Lecturer)

Tel.: +27 15 962 8565; E-mail:

Education: I hold a Master of Environmental Sciences from University of Venda, SA. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Geography and Environmental Studies from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

Specialisation area: Geomorphology and Climatology. I have special interest in Mountain Geomorphology, Soil Erosion, Climatic Geomorphology and Geodiversity.

Publications (last two years)

1.     Nembilwi, N., Chikoore, H. Kori, E., Munyai, R. B., Manyanya, T. C., 2021. The Occurrence of Drought in Mopani District Municipality, South Africa: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Climate 9, 61.

2.     Gondo, T., Kori, E. Musyoki, A (Guest Eds), 2019. Changing Global Context. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, 11(2).

3.     Kori, E., Onyango Odhiambo, B.D. and Chikoore, H., 2019. A geomorphodiversity map of the Soutpansberg Range, South Africa. Landform Analysis, 38.

Current Masters Students

  1. Tshitavhe, T.: Effects of climate variability on citrus production and rural livelihoods in Mopani District Municipality, South Africa”
  2. Shiburi, W.: A comparative assessment of household flood vulnerability in Mbhokota and Waterval sections A and C in Makhado Local Municipality, Vhembe District
  3. Ramadolela, Z.: A Comparative Study of Sediment Characteristics and Transportation Dynamics of Sand and Nzhelele Rivers, Limpopo Province.
Ms. K.H. Netshisaulu (Lecturer)

Tel: 015 962 8590, E-mail:

A lecturer of Population & Demography; Cartography; and GIS and Remote Sensing. She also supervises honours research project and co-supervises masters’ research. She is also a co-ordinator for a GIS short course offered by the University of Venda.  She holds a Master of Environmental Sciences from the University of Venda (2013). She has a background in application of statistical techniques in social, demographic, economic and population research. Specialization on Population Development, social survey, data management and analysis. She also has over 15 years’ experience applying geographic analysis and technologies for improved information management and decision support.

Teaching field: Population development, Cartographic skills and map reading, Remote Sensing and GIS

Research interests: population and development, people and environmental management, GIS and remote sensing.

Masters supervision

Maponya M: Geographic analysis of waste management in rural and urban schools. A case study of Maruleng municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Mabuli ME: An assessment of the impact of social grants on the livelihood of Thulamela municipality rural communities

Mr Farai Dondofema (Chief Technician)

Tel.: +2715 962 8044; E-mail:

Current Research activity: His research focuses on ecosystem modelling, water resources management GIS and remote sensing.

Research interests: His research interest is in Alien Invasive Plant Species responses to climate change.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in integrated water resources management (IWRM), a MSc. Agriculture (Rangeland Ecology), a BSc (Hons.) Applied Remote Sensing and GIS and a BSc. (Hons.) Agriculture (Animal Science). My experience in the fields of ecology, water resource management, GIS and remote sensing enables me to consider ecological issues over broad spatiotemporal scales using appropriate tools.

Affiliation:  Member of Society of Conservation Biology (SCB), Member Society of Conservation GIS (SCGIS), MemberGeographic Information Society of Southern Africa (GISSA-Limpopo), Principal Natural Scientist: Ecological Sciences(SACNASP), International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) and East African Association for Impact Assessment(EAAIA).

Publications (last two years)

  1. P.O. & Dondofema.F. (2021): Assessing and classifying the health and risk status of avenue trees, Arboricultural Journal, DOI: 10.1080/03071375.2021.1903210.
  2. T., Dlamini. P., Wasserman. R.J., Mokgoebo.M.J., Mutshekwa.T., Dondofema.F. & Cuthbert.R.N. (2021): Effects of environmental variables on littoral macroinvertebrate community assemblages in subtropical reservoirs, Chemistry and Ecology, DOI: 10.1080/02757540.2021.1892656.
  3. Dalu, M.T.B., Gunter, A.W., Makatu, M., Dowo, G.M., Dondofema, F., Dalu, T., Contribution of Natural Forest Products to Rural Livelihoods at Mavunde and Sambandou Villages, Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4252.

 Current masters students

  1. Muthivhi F.F. – Assessing the spatio-temporal variation of phytoplankton productivity of three reservoirs in Vhembe district using remote sensing and GIS. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  2. Makherana F. – Relationship between water and sediment quality variables on the invasive snail Tarebia granifera abundances and distribution in Nandoni reservoir. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  3. Mashamba R.- The diet and length-weight relationship of Clarias gariepinus from Nylsvley Wetland. Completed student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  4. Netshituni V. – Changes in aquatic ecosystem primary productivity: chlorophyll-a concentration dynamics due to ash deposited after wildfires. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  5. Nemukula I. – The use of GIS to assess household’s flood risk at Hlaneki village, Greater Giyani Municipality. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  6. Musumuvhi N. – Assessing Water Safety Risk in Thulamela Municipality: A GIS Approach. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  7. Ms Mashele J. – GIS application for electrification and network planning in Greater Giyani municipality. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  8. Malapane C.- Mapping the distribution and abundance of common reeds Phragmites australis in the Nylsvley Wetland, South Africa using SPOT and Landsat imagery. Completed MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
  9. Daswa S. – GIS-Based spatio-temporal analysis of crime prevalence in Thulamela Local Municipality. Current MSc student. Role: Co-supervisor.
Dr Jacobus (Koos) N. Steyn

Office no: G025
Tel: 015 962 8594
Cell: 0846162958

About Koos Steyn

Graduated from the University of Venda a PhD in Ecology and Resource Management, with agroecological conversions of conventional agriculture as the main theme of the study. My main current research focus evolves around sustainable solutions for agriculture with the emphasis on ecological sustainability. I teach under and post graduate modules in Ecology and Resource Management and supervise students at honours and master’s level.

Publications in progress

Steyn J.N., Joubert E., Taylor P., Schoeman S. and A. Nonyana (2021). Effect of Manure-Containing Compost on Soil Phosphorus and pH levels of Macadamia Orchards in South Africa. Compost Science & Utilization.

Steyn J.N., Joubert., E. and P. Taylor (2021). Agroecosystem diversity and the trap crop Crotolaria Juncea as sustainable strategies to control stink bugs in macadamia orchards, South Africa. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.

Current Postgraduate student projects

  1. Munarini T. The use of veld restoration techniques for rehabilitating degraded Waterberg Mountian Bushveld in Lapalala Conservancy, Limpopo Province.
  2. Mushezha R. The effect of product formulation on the uptake efficacy of nutrient elements applied as foliar sprays on macadamia trees.
  3. Mutshidzi M. The effect of land use practises on soil carbon stock in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province.
Ms Florence M. Murungweni; Lecturer

Office no: GL03
Tel: 015 962 9159; Cell: 074 523 8322

Research Profile

Florence is a lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Venda.  Her distinct knowledge is in applications of modern technologies such as RS and GIS as applied to various societal sectors. Her current research interests are in ecological restoration of fresh water wetlands, climate change impacts and Lands use/ cover changes.


  • Diploma in Cartography (Harare Polytechnic)
  • Diploma in Geoinformation: GIS Specialisation, (ITC)
  • BSc Geography and Environmental Studies (ZOU)
  • MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation; Natural Resource Management (Twente University)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (UKZN)
  • Current: PhD in Environmental Sciences focusing on evaluating restoration efforts in freshwater wetland ecosystem (University of Venda).

Professional membership

  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)
  • South African Wetland Society
  • African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE)

Modules presented since 2014

  • Principles of Sustainable Resource Use – ERM 2541 (2014-2018)
  • The Natural Environment as a System – ERM 1541 (2014-Present)
  • Ecological principles for Environmental Management – ERM 1641 (2014- present)
  • Environmental economics – ERM 3642 (2020 – present)
  • Resource and Environmental Economics – ERM 5543 (2015-Present)
  • Habitat and Biodiversity Management – ERM 5641 (2015 – Present)
  • Land Information Technology -ERM 5541 (2019)

Post graduate co: supervision (MSc.)

Mutshekwa Thendo (2020). Understanding the effects of organic matter decomposition on aquatic and terrestrial insects: Invasive vs indigenous plants. Dr. Dalu, Main supervisor

Rolindela Tshivhase (2020). An Assessment of Metals and Nutrient Dynamics Within Soil-Sediments: A Case Study of the Nylsvlei Ramsar Wetland (South Africa) Dr. Dalu, Main supervisor

Mbedzi Rendani (2020). Occurrence and distribution of microplastic in freshwater sediments and fish: A case of Nandoni Reservoir, South Africa. Dr. Dalu, Main supervisor

Onica Mukhuwana. (2020). Challenges affecting the management of Thulamela wetlands: participating policy makers’ goals vs local communities’ needs and interests. Dr. Dalu, Main supervisor

Current MSc students (Co-supervision)

Mukhove V. Singo, Climate change and fire regimes in Limpopo grasslands. Prof. H Chikoore, Main supervisor

Malange Pfunzo, Assessing the extent of anthropogenic factors associated with change in land-use within wetland environment in Thohoyandou, Limpopo province of South Africa. Dr. O.E. Malahlela, Main supervisor

Recent publications

  1. Murungweni, F. M., Mutanga, O., & Odiyo, J. O. (2020). Rainfall Trend and Its Relationship with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index in a Restored Semi-Arid Wetland of South Africa. Sustainability, 12(21), 8919.
  2. Mbedzi, R., Cuthbert, R. N., Wasserman, R. J., Murungweni, F. M., & Dalu, T. (2020). Spatiotemporal variation in microplastic contamination along a subtropical reservoir shoreline. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-8.
  3. Mutshekwa, T., Cuthbert, R.N., Wasserman, R.J., Murungweni, F.M. and Dalu, T., (2020). Nutrient Release Dynamics Associated with Native and Invasive Leaf Litter Decomposition: A Mesocosm Experiment. Water, 12(9), p.2350.

Links to rest of publications

Dr Lutendo Mugwedi

Office no: G012
Tel: 015 962 8574
Cell: 079 184 2417

About Lutendo Mugwedi

Lutendo graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a PhD in Environmental Sciences, specialising in reforestation. His current research interests are on ecosystems restoration, biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment, medicinal plants conservation, invasive alien plants ecology and management, and conservation agriculture. He teaches 1st (ERM1141), 2nd (ERM 1241), 3rd (ERM3141) and Honours (ERM5246) modules. He supervises and co-supervises several Honours and Masters and PhD students. Current research projects include (1) management of invasive alien plants through utilisation, (2) Warbugia salutarisresource bases assessment and (3) assessment of governance models implemented in the South African biosphere reserves.

Recent publications

  • Ramaano R, Moyo H, Mugwedi L, Tsvuura Z (2021). Survive or perish: Resprouting ability of repeatedly cut Chromolaena odorata in a reforestation site. African Journal of Ecology,
  • Moyo H, Rouget M, Slotow R, Mugwedi L, Douwes E, Tsvuura Z, Tshabalala T (2021). South African Journal of Botany 139: 352 – 361,
  • Mugwedi L, Moyo HP (2021). Reforestation potential of 15 native tree species under a severe drought. African Journal of Ecology 59: 269– 272.
  • Mugwedi L (2020). Harnessing opportunities provided by the invasive Chromolaena odorata to keep it under control. Sustainability, 12, 6505; doi:10.3390/su12166505

For a full list of publications see my Google scholar profile

Current postgraduate students


  1. Munyai LF, Biodiversity, trophic structure and connectivity of ephemeral aquatic ecosystems in the Makuleke Wetlands, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
  2. Mutshekwa T, Assessing the effects of macadamia orchard inputs on recipient aquatic ecosystems.
  3. Govender D, The role of rainwater harvesting in sustainable horticulture in South Africa.


  1. Nembambula F, Evaluation of Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 spectral configuration for mapping tea health indicators in relation to climate change: A case study in Tshivhase Tea Estate.
  2. Mudau U, Small-scale farmers’ perspectives on sustainable agriculture: The case of Vhembe District Municipality in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  3. Hadebe Z, A comparison of the effect of Withania somnifera, Avena sativa and Ginko biloba on the germaination of barley seeds.
Prof Mugera Gitari, Professor

Office no: G014
Tel: 015 962 8572
Cell: 076 595 6869

About Mugera Gitari

Professor Mugera Gitari is a Professor of Applied Inorganic Environmental/Analytical Chemistry. His research focuses on development of Environmental inspired Technologies in combination with Inorganic-Analytical Chemistry tools for Natural Resources Management. He graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from University of the Western Cape in 2006. His philosophy of teaching center’s on imparting analytical skills to his students and preparing them to use their skills for solving problems within their communities and their environment. He has developed a strong teaching and research portfolio over 15 years of working in tertiary institutions in Africa. He is a leading and an established expert in the field of Environmental remediation Chemistry, Water treatment technologies and Industrial, Agricultural waste management through beneficiation. He is head and lead researcher in

Environmental Remediation and Nano Sciences Research Group (EnVireN) within Department of Ecology and Resources Management. Prof Mugera Gitari publications include 111 journal publications, 113 conference proceedings, abstracts and invited talks, 7 book chapters, 16 technical reports to industries, 3 granted patents and 1 pending patent registration in USA and Canada. Google Scholar index h-index 21 with 1271 citations and Scopus h-index 17, NRF Rating C3. Prof Mugera Gitari has supervised to completion 8 PhDs, 23 MSc and 4 Postdoctoral fellows. He is currently supervising 8 PhDs, 13 MSc and 3 Postdoctoral fellows. Current postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows are supported by EnViReN grants and funds raised by Prof Mugera Gitari. Most of the research output has been carried out in collaboration and through funding by ESKOM-TESP, Sasol Technology Group, WRC, TIA-NIPMO, NRF, THRIP, NAS-USAID (PEER Programme) and DST. He teaches 2nd year and Honors modules including Environmental quality (ERM2641), Environmental, Pollution, Modeling and control (ERM 5142) and Ecotoxicology (ERM5242).

Recent publications

Munzhelele, E.P.; Ayinde, W.B.; Mudzielwana, R.; Gitari, W.M. Synthesis of Fe Doped Poly    p‐Phenylenediamine Composite:    Co‐Adsorption Application on Toxic Metal Ions (F and As3+) and    Microbial Disinfection in Aqueous Solution. Toxics 2021, 9, 74, https://

O.U. Izevbekhai, W.M. Gitari and N.T. Tavengwa. Optimization of Silica Extraction from Diatomaceous Earth using the Central Composite Design of Response Surface Methodology. S. Afr. J. Chem., 2021, 75, 80–90,

Tebogo Mokgehle, Ntakadzeni Madala, Wilson Gitari and Nikita Tavengwa. Deciphering the efects of kosmotrope and chaotrope salts during aqueous two phase extraction (ATPE) of polyphenolic compounds and glycoalkaloids from the leaves of a nutraceutical plant, Solanum retrofexum, with the aid of UPLC-QTOF-MS. Appl Biol Chem (2021) 64:28

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 Current Postgraduate Students

  1. Mashau AS. The potential of Vigna unguiculata (cowpea) in phytoremediation of Gold Mine Tailings. PhD.
  2. Pindihama GK. Bioaccumulation and toxicokinetics of cyanotoxins on terrestrial food plants and the development of a novel sorbent for monitoring cyanotoxins in irrigation water. PhD.
  3. Novela RJ. Air pollutant concentrations prediction using deep learning and cardiopulmonary disease prognosis in Highveld priority area, South Africa. PhD.
  4. Rendani T. Valorisation of gold mine tailings through geopolymerization for potential use as capping material in municipal solid waste landfill site. PhD.
  5. Shumba A. Development of an integrated acid mine drainage treatment process and recovery of beneficial products. PhD
  6. Tebogo MM. Phytochemical characterization of solanum plants with special emphasis on toxic compounds. PhD.
  7. Sathekge SS. Assessment of cyanotoxins, Cd, Pb, and linear alkylbenzene sulfonate in irrigation water and agricultural soils. MSc.
  8. Mpho M. The use of LDS-DLLME and QuEChERS methods for the enrichment of a cephalosporins, quinolones from complex matrices. MSc
  9. Babra Moyo. Sorptive micro-extraction techniques for selected emerging food contaminants. MSc
  10. Mabidi TJ. Synthesis of activated carbon from macadamia nutshell and their application for water treatment. MSc.
  11. Makhado KP. Bioprospecting for plants with potential for bioaccumulation of AMD contaminants and potential for use in constructed Wetlands. MSc
  12. Mulaudzi L. Comprehensive Assessment of Groundwater Quality and Community’s Experiences in relation to water challenges in Lephalale Municipality, Waterberg District, South Africa. MSc
  13. Munzhelele EP. Synthesis, characterization of a sustainable Fe/Ce Doped Poly –(para-phenylenediamine) adsorbent and its potential removal for chemical pollutants and pathogens in aqueous solutions. MSc.
  14. Nekhavhambe HH. Fabrication of macadamia nutshell powder-Al/Fe oxide modified diatomaceous earth composite beads for fluoride and pathogen removal from groundwater. MSc.
Dr Oupa E. Malahlela

Office no: G013
Tel: 015 962 8573
Cell: 067 002 5046

About Oupa Malahlela

He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a PhD Geoinformatics, focusing on the remote sensing applications for malaria vector habitat characterization. His current research focus includes remote sensing and GIS applications in water, soil, invasive species, wetlands and rangeland mapping. He teaches third year and Honours modules including Climate Change (ERM3542), Resource Evaluation and Information Systems (ERM3541), Land Information Technology (ERM5541), and Environmental Impact Assessment and Modelling (ERM3641). He supervises and co-supervises a number of Honours and Master’s students.

Recent publications

Tsoeleng LT., Odindi J., Mhangara P., Malahlela O. (2020). Assessing the performance of the multi-morphological profiles in urban land cover mapping using pixel based classifiers and very high resolution satellite imagery. Scientific African, 10: e00629.

Ncipha XG.,Sivakumar V., Malahlela OE. (2020). The Influence of Meteorology and Air Transport on CO2 Atmospheric Distribution over South Africa. Atmosphere, 11: 287.

Current Master’s  students

  1. Nembambula F. Evaluation of Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 spectral configuration for mapping tea health indicators in relation to climate change: A case study in Tshivhase Tea Estate.
  2. Mufamadi NI. Monitoring of algal concentrations in major surface water bodies of South African through multi –sensor approach: case study of Nandoni Dam in the Vhembe District.
  3. Khwashaba E. Validating the current LAI product derived from Sentinel-2 data in the savannah biome of Limpopo: A case study of the Vhembe District Municipality.
  4. Tshishonga UE. Mapping plant nitrogen concentration within the sub-tropical environment of South Africa
  5. Bongwe V. Comparison of spatial and spectral properties of Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 for estimating plant chlorophyll
  6. Mavhina MS. Evaluating the biomass of palatable grass species in the communal rangeland using the integration of UAV data with high resolution satellite data.
  7. Maduna R. Mapping the landscape cover of common bush encroaching plant species in Thohoyandou rangeland area using remote sensing and GIS techniques
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