Staff

DR. TARYN M KONG

Systems and Climate Change Actions Researcher

Dr Taryn M Kong has a transdisciplinary background with a BBA in Accounting and a PhD in Natural Resources Studies, specialising in ecology and applied anthropology. She has worked on a range of climate change adaptation projects for multi- and bi-lateral donors, UN agencies, development banks, provincial and local government and NGOs. In addition, she …

JAN GRAF

Biodiversity Researcher

Jan has a BSc (Genetics & Biochemistry) & BSc Hons (Genetics) from Stellenbosch University, and MSc (Conservation Biology) University of KZN. He is currently a biodiversity & systems researcher at AWARD. He is involved in integrating biodiversity conservation work with water resources management in response to threats posed by climate and environmental change for the …

ANCOIS C. DE VILLIERS

Junior Researcher -Rapporteur

Ancois is a junior researcher at AWARD. Her qualifications including a MSc in both Conservation Ecology (Stellenbosch University, 2013) and Environmental Anthropology (University of Kent, 2015). A receiptiant of a SKILL Scholarship from the South African-VU-University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliances (SAVUSA), an Innovation Bursary from National Research Foundation (NRF) and a Commonwealth Scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship …

HUGO RETIEF

researcher

Hugo has a BSc (Zoology & Environmental Science), BSc Hons (Environmental Science), and MSc (Water Resources Science) from Rhodes University. He is now an Integrated Water Resources Management researcher at AWARD. He works in modelling water quality in the Olifants River basin with the aim of contributing to a co-operative, implemented and Integrated Water Quality …

REUBEN THIFHULUFWELWI

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Reuben has a BSc (Environmental Sciences) & BSc Hons (Geography) both from University of Venda. He is working as junior researcher with AWARD’s Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management Section. Reuben is currently studying towards Masters in Environmental Education with Rhodes University. His research focuses on Transforming natural resources management practices through social learning approaches. Ultimately Reuben strives …

WILLIAM MPONWANA

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

William has a BSc ( Environmental Science and Economics) and a BSc Hons (Environmental Science) from Rhodes University. He is working within AWARD's Municipal Support Initiative programme on land use planning. His duties are to work with stakeholders for collaboration, organise and facilitate Land Use Planning workshops with internal and external partners, and to …

KUNDAI CHIHAMBAKWE

Research Assistant: IWRM

Kundai is a research assistant in Integrated Water Resources Management at AWARD. She is involved in the collaborative dynamic modelling process which involves working with stakeholders to explore their situations under different scenarios of change. She also works on the participatory understanding of the water-related ecosystem services provided by the Olifants River and its main …

PEGGY MPHETHI

Community Facilitation (Intern)

Peggy is a community facilitation in climate change intern. Peggy studied for a Bachelor of Development and obtained honours in Development Planning and Management from the University of Limpopo. She finds joy in addressing real challenges that affects real people hence why she has conducted community dialogues around different social issues that are crippling the …

MULWELI NETHENGWE

Bio-Monitoring intern

Mulweli is a Bio-monitoring intern at AWARD. She is a graduate in Bsc Environmental and Water Sciences and Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Water Resources Management both from the University of the Western Cape. She is involved in water sampling projects such as water quality sample in Berg River with CSIR. She choose her professional …

KINSLEY MANYAMA

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) - Intern

Kinsley holds a BSc Environmental and Water Science degree and honours (Cum Laude) from the University of the Western Cape. He is now studying towards his MSc degree in Environmental and Water Science from the same University. His research focus is on aquifer characterisation and groundwater flow systems in coastal aquifers. He is currently an …

THABANG MOHALE

Co-Management support (Intern)

Thabang is a co-management support intern at AWARD. She holds a bachelor degree in environmental sciences from the University of Venda majoring in Geography and ecology and resource management.

SILINDILE MTSHALI

Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation (Intern)

Silindile holds a BSc Hydrology & Environmental Science, BSc Hons Hydrology and MSc Hydrology from the University of KwaZulu Natal and certificates of merit in Water Resources Policy, Laws and Institutions and Modelling for Hydrological Design. She also received membership to the Golden Key International Society, which allows the top 15 percent of academic achievers …