MSc Eng Students

  Albert Muzhingi
BSc Eng Chemical Engineering
073 452 0767
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley
*Never underestimate the value of great relationships with others and above all with our inner selves*
Mr Muzhingi is an MSc Eng (Chemical) student in the Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a BSc Eng in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He is designing and constructing a Forward Osmosis Rig that will desalinate urine and produce portable water. The project falls under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation`s supported Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC) that underscores the provision of low cost sanitation.

  Aoife Byrne
BA BAI Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley
*The grass is greenest where you water it*

Aoife Byrne is an MSc Eng (Chemical) student in the Pollution Research Group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on the chemical, physical and biological characterisation of the faecal sludge produced from the Pour-flush sanitation system that was adapted in recent years for use in South Africa. The Water Research Commission funds the project.

  Blessing Makununika 
BSc Eng Chemical Engineering
78 083 3223
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley &  Prof John Pocok
*Determination and perseverance are the key attributes to achieve greatness because the path to greatness has too many huddles*
Blessing obtained his BSc Chemical Engineering degree in 2013 and is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering with the Pollution Research Group. The objectives of his project are to determine the drying properties and thermal characteristics of faecal sludge for VIP and UD toilets. During vacation work, Blessing gained valuable experience in mineral processing, wood pulping and paper making

  Darryn Logan
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley

  Hope Joseph
BSc Eng Civil Engineering
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley
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Hope Rebekah Joseph obtained her degree in Civil Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal at the end of 2010. She was then appointed at EThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) as a Planning engineer and a part time MSc Eng student at UKZN. Some of her major tasks include the designing of water reticulation systems, modelling and analysing existing water networks, facilitating the provision of basic water and sanitation services to rural communities, managing the rainwater harvesting programme and forecasting the water demand for the city. In addition she supervises 4 technicians and 2 learner technicians at the municipality. She has recently began her MSc Eng part-time study to Develop and describe a suitable logistic collection system for urine harvesting in eThekwini.

  Joyce Ouma
BSc Eng
079 939 7435
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley & Dr Santiago
*Developing passion for whatever you do is the key to succeeding and excelling in it*
Joyce Ouma is a post graduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is currently doing her MScEng in Chemical Engineering with focus on membrane filtration of flush water and urine. She holds a BScEng in Water and Environmental Engineering from Egerton University (Kenya). Joyce is a recipient of a PRG bursary, courtesy of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also has experience working with wastewater due to her participation in several internships programs. Her passion for water, sanitation and hygiene is growing each day

  Khonzaphi Dube
BSc Eng
074 212 6939
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley & Prof D Ramjugernath
*Begin to be now, what you will be hereafter*
Khonzaphi is a holder of a BEng (Hons) degree from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe. After completion of his degree, he served two years as an Assistant Process Engineer responsible for the Ethanol plant at Tongaat Huletts (Zimbabwe). At present, Khonzaphi is pursuing an MScEng project with the Pollution Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) which is funded by PRG through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  Lungiswa Zuma
BSc Eng
082 721 3424
Short bio no more than 5 lines (include credentials, description of work, achievements, experience): Lungi is a MSc student working on a project titled: Mechanical properties of faecal sludge from on-site sanitation facilities. She holds a BSc Engineering Degree from the University of Cape Town and has 5 years experience working in the petrochemical industry as a Process Engineer.

  Nicolette Govender
BSc Eng
072 464 6432
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley
*To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe*
Short bio no more than 5 lines (include credentials, description of work, achievements, experience): Nicolette Govender is currently an MSc research student, having completed her BScEng at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her research entails investigation into the anaerobic digestion of stripped gas liquor as part of research and development for SASOL.

  Simon Mirara
BSc Eng
078 332 8202
Supervisors: Prof CA Buckley & Mrs Anusha Singh
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Simon W. Mirara is a masters student at the university of kwaZulu Natal, having completed his studies in agricultural engineering in the year 2012 he went for internship at an irrigation project in the Northern part of Kenya before joining PRG for his masters. His project is on characterization a and processing of VIP sludge which is based on the Latrine Dehydration and Pasteurisation (LaDePa) machine.


 Darryn Logan


 Darryn Logan