College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Prof Mamba recognised as true water research legend

The Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Prof Bhekie Mamba, recently received a Water Research Legends Award from the Water Research Commission (WRC). The award, in the category for Water Use and Waste Management, was presented during the Commission’s 7th biannual Knowledge Tree Awards ceremony, held virtually on 23 September 2021.

Prof Bhekie Mamba

It was presented in recognition of Mamba’s continuous contributions, the advancements he has brought to knowledge in the field, and for being a leader who has brought national and global recognition to the South African water sector over the years.

The Knowledge Tree Awards celebrate excellence in water research, recognising men and women who have made significant contributions to and had an impact on the water science domain as part of their pursuit of excellence. Recipients are acknowledged according to the following categories and based on the impact that their research has had: transformation and redress, sustainable development solutions, empowerment of communities, informing policy and decision-making, human capital development in the water science sector, new products and services for economic development, innovation, and women in science.

"While these awards offer us an opportunity to reflect on the work that we have done thus far, they also inspire new thinking, prompting us to think about tomorrow," said Dr Dhesigen Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer of the WRC.

It is the vision of the WRC "[to] have highly informed water decision-making through science and technology at all levels, in all stakeholder groups, and innovative water solutions through research and development for South Africa, Africa and the world." Combined with one of their values, "Innovation and Creativity", the Knowledge Tree Awards are a true reflection of the WRC’s vision and key strategic areas.

* By Dr Nozipho N Gumbi, Acting Communication and Marketing Specialist, College of Science, Engineering and Technology & Lesego Maloka, Administrative Assistant, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Publish date: 2021/10/08