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Research Partners



Prof Oliver C. Ruppel;  Department of Mercantile Law, Faculty of Law

Contact: ruppel@sun.ac.za

Prof Oliver Ruppel currently serves as coordinating lead author (CLA) for the Chapter on Africa in the Forthcoming Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II.​

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​​​​Associate Professor Thinus Booyesen;  Department Electrical and Electronic Engineering

He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) at the Engineering Council (UK), and a Professional Engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council (SA). He has over ten years’ international industry experience in the aerospace and automotive industries w​ith companies that include SunSpace, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover. He has been with Stellenbosch University from 2009 and his research is on the Internet of Things, with a focus on Smart Water and Electricity metering and Intelligent Transport Systems (specifically its application in the informal public transport industry in Sub-Saharan Africa). He is also a managing director of Bridgiot, and co-creator of Geasy (www.geasy.co.za)​​


Dr Tobie Louw​; Department Process Engineering - Senior Lecturer

​​Contact: tmlouw@sun.ac.za

Multiscale mathematical modelling of biological processes, with an emphasis on waste valorisation, water and sanitation in the South-African context. ​​

Projects include:

  • Bioreactor transport processes and fluid dynamics

  • Agent-based modelling of biofilms

  • Photosynthesis dynamics

  • Parameter estimation and analysis in anaerobic digestion

  • Thermodynamics of biological systems​


Prof. Johan P Hattingh; Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science,

Contact: jph2@sun.ac.za

Ethics of freshwater management​​

THE ETHICS OF FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT IS A CROSS-CUTTING THEME THAT UNDERLIES MOST, IF NOT ALL RESEARCH AND POLICY-DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES REGARDING THE SUSTAINABLE USE AND EQUITABLE SHARING OF THE VITAL NATURAL RESOURCE OF WATER.


Professor Theo Kleynhans; Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of AgriSciences

Contact: jhvw@sun.ac.za​

Financial-Economic Planning of Water Use in Agriculture

SUSTAINABLE LAND AND WATER RESOURCE USE ON MICRO AND MACRO LEVEL REQUIRES AN INVENTORY OF THE RELEVANT RESOURCES, THE IDENTIFICATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF BENEFITS AND COSTS IN MONETARY TERMS, AND DECISION CRITERIA TO ALLOW ENTREPRENEURS AND POLICY MAKERS TO TAKE WISE DECISIONS



Mr. Mawethu J. Nyakatya; Division for Social Impact

Contact: nyakatya@sun.ac.za

http://www.sun.ac.za/english/ci/about/division-for-community-interaction​

Stellenbosch University is tackling the challenges facing our world and society in new and innovative ways. The Community-Based Research portfolio helps to connect the university's multidisciplinary research expertise with government, non-governmental organisations, and the wider community. The Division engages these diverse groups to work with the university and matches the needs of the society with university research in order to deliver excellent research that is relevant to local communities, and creates innovative solutions that changes the way we work and live. The DCI works with external stakeholders in a number of ways, formally and informally, through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU's); Research Agreements; and Community Engagement Forums. The Division provides capacity building workshops and short courses for our academics and graduate students who often engage or intend to engage in Community-Based Research. It maintains a Community Research Needs listing for academics and students who wish to pursue research with local communities, and also manages internal and external incentives for engaged research​


Dr Jodie Miller; Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science,

Contact: jmiller@sun.ac.z​​a

Database Development to Support Critical Resource Management

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS ARE ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAIN THE FRAGILE BALANCE BETWEEN HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS. IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE PROTOCOLS, A COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE OF PHYSICAL AND GEOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS OF THE GROUNDWATER RESOURCE IN THE SEMI-ARID TO ARID NAMIB- NAUKLUFT REGION IS BEING COMPILED​


Mr Khalid Salie​; Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences,

Contact: ks1@sun.ac.za​

KEY RESEARCH AREAS OF THE WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO (THE PORTFOLIO​), FOCUSES ON AFRICAN COLLABORATION. THEY ARE CROSS-CUTTING IN TERMS OF EDUCATION, SERVICE DELIVERY, OUTREACH AND NETWORKING.​



Prof Hannes van Wyk; Department of Botany & Zoology

Contact: jhvw@sun.ac.za​

The study of endocrine disruptors in South African waters


Dr Gunnar Sigge;Department of Food Science, Faculty of AgriSciences

Contact: gos@sun.ac.za

Group leader/collaborators: Collaboration exists with industry partners, consulting engineers (Enviro Services, Ikusasa Water), the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and the Department of Process Engineering (SU).​


The School for Public Leadership and Stellenbosch Good Governance Forum

The Stellenbosch Good Governance Forum (SGGF) situated within the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University (SPL) was established to initiate social innovation programs focused on good governance and good leadership. The explicit and implemented intention is to connect academic research ad thinking to action using action learning and research methods. In this way maximum social impact is gained from connecting the University with the community. SPL is a leader in learning for sustainable African and global futures. The School is unique in the South African context with its combination of Public Governance, the Environment and Sustainability as strategic foci. These three foci also provide the rationale of the three academic programme streams, namely Public and Development Management; Environmental Management and Sustainable Development.

Further information can be obtain from: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/economy/spl

​The following SGGF Associates are particularly involved in the SGGF/SPL's relationship with the Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI): 


Prof Erwin Schwella; (MPa, PhD)

Contact: es@spl.sun.ac.za

A senior academic at SU, is Professor of Public Leadership at the SPL. Erwin has served several terms as the Director of the SPL with first appointment in 1992, is author and co-author of more than 40 academic publications in the fields of governance, leadership, organization development and public management, is a National Research Foundation rated researcher in South Africa and a consultant and advisor to ministers and other executive office holders at all spheres of government in South Africa. He is a visiting academic at many prominent European and United States Universities​.



Dr. Dirk Brand, (LLM, LLD); Extraordinary Senior Lecturer

Contact: dirkb@sun.ac.za

Is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the SPL, an independent legal consultant and expert on the legal imperatives of public services, such as water. He partners Mr Deon van der Westhuizen (see below) in the Muniratings Initiative. Dirk is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and accomplished academic publisher in South Africa, Germany, Italy, Romania and the USA


Mr. Boy Janse van Rensburg; (M.Phil. in future studies, and M.Phil. in Energy Studies)

Is a businessman and a chemical engineer by training. He has 16 years’ experience at a major petrochemical company where he focused on the strategic and operational management of energy, water and technology. His other interests are in futures studies, complexity and decision making. Boy completed the Leadership INDABA at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University where he is currently registe​red for a PhD. His studies focus on decision making at local government level, which will have an influence on decision making in the water environment


Mr. Matt Pretorius; (MSc Industrial Engineering), MSc in Industrial Engineering currently being upgraded to Doctoral level)

Is an inventor, entrepreneur and enterprise engineer. During his studies, he co-founded a social enterprise called Common Toilet and invented a novel waterless eco-toilet and decentralised waste management system for rural communities (provisional patent filed). The invention has since received numerous international awards including the Mazars For Good Innovation Challenge and the Ericsson Innovation Awards. Matt is looking for seed funding to conduct prototyping and pilot studies within the local rural communitie​s.


Mr. Thys Pretorius (MBA; PhD Candidate)

Contact: thysp@sun.ac.za​

Is a corporate advisor focussing on governance, compliance, business modelling, strategy and development He has managed projects in Africa as well as Europe, many on sustainable energy and water solutions for complex systemic problems.



Mr. Deon van der Westhuizen; BComm (Honns), CA (SA), CIA

Is a SPL Associate, an accountant and auditor as well as a consultant and business owner. He is (with Dr Dirk Brand above) co-founder of Muniratings and serves as the Managing Director. Muniratings analyse the effectiveness (performance and costing) of service delivery on the four basic services, of which water is one. Muniratings have recently done an analysis of the services across the Western Cape, and in terms of water, have analysed the levels of service delivery, and attempted to analyse the cost of delivering water to households​.


Mr. Chris Botha

Contact: cjbotha@sun.ac.za​

Lecturer extraordinary

Dr. Harlan Cloete ; (MPA, PhD)

Contact: harlan@sun.ac.za

Is an Extraordinary Lecturer at the SPL and an independent consultant. He is an expert in Municipal employee competence challenges. Harlan’s latest re​search found that Municipalities are in serious trouble regarding the competence of their employees, inclusive of the water environment​.