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Smangele Mgquba

Title
Dr.
First name
Smangele
Last name
Mgquba
Gender
Female
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
1. CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION 2. INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3. DROUGHT AND DESERTIFICATION 4. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Thematic areas of disciplines: CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE
POLICIES, RECONCILING WATER REQUIREMENTS, WATER RESOURCE PLANNING
AND SYSTEMS ANALYSISCLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND WATER, DROUGHT
IMPACTS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND DROUGHT, CAUSES AND IMPACTS OF
DESERTIFICATION, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
UN languages spoken

English

Geographical Focus
Job function
DIRECTOR: CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH AND ADVICE
Division
INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE PLANNING, WATER AND SANITATION
Nature of Organisation
WATER AND SANITATION
Street Address Organisation
185 Francis Baard Street
City Organisation
Pretoria
Post code Organisation
0001
Country Organisation
South Africa
Telephone number
+27 12 336 7183
Email
mgqubas@dws.gov.za
Work experience
I am the leader and manager of a unit called Climate Change Research and Advice in the Department of Water and Sanitation. The unit of composed of composed of eight staff members of which five are highly specialized scientists. Our daily work in the water sector revolves translating climate science into understandable information and trying to understand how climate change is impacting and will impact on the water resources of South Africa. We do this work using regionally downscaled climate models in each of the water management areas / catchments then develop easy readable and understandable reports that focus on defining anticipated impacts and suggesting required adaptation measures. Some of the projects and documents we have developed include amongst others:- The Climate Change Status Quo Analysis for
Water Resources, The Climate Change Response Strategy for the Water Sector, Risk and Vulnerability Assessments (RVAs) for the various catchments in South Africa, A Methodology for Conducting RVAs for the nine Water Management Areas of South Africa (which is meant to assist other water agencies to do their own assessments). The projects about involve very intensive fieldwork, especially the RVAs and there
has to be consultations with the different water users in the different catchments.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD: - UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, 2006-2011.
Thesis Title:- Sustainable Development, Disaster-Risk Reduction and Governance: Assessing Climate Change Adaptation Challenges Facing South Africa.
Main course of study: Climate change and climate change adaptation, Droughts and drought management; proactive versus reactive disaster risk reduction actions, costing of drought impacts and the role of governance, particularly trying to determine what is proper co-operative governance for drought management.
MSc: - UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, 2000-2001.
Thesis Title: - The Physical And Human Dimensions Of Flood-Risk: The Case Of The West Bank, Alexandra Township.
Main course of study: Natural hazards and natural disasters, with a specific focus on floods, particularly in the context of climate change where natural hazard are going to increase in frequency and magnitude and where risk is likely to increase and vulnerability to natural hazards is likely to be exposed and heightened.
BA HONS:- UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, IN 1999.
BACHELORS: - UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, 1992-
1996.
Main course of study: Geography (Human and Physical), Environmental Sciences; Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Global Environmental Change, Environmental Education.
Number of Publications
8
Publication titles
1. How is The African Continent geared up to achieve SGD GOAL 13: A Critical Review
(Upcoming in 2018 under the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa), Mgquba SK and Engelbrecht F.
2. Climate Change and its impacts on Hydro-Politics in Trans-boundary Basins: A Case Study of the Orange – Senqu River Basin, 2017 (Paper presented at the 14TH ISA/WISA International Congress; currently under peer review to be published in the Water and Climate Change Journal of South Africa), Mgquba SK and Majozi S.
3. The Physical and Human Dimensions of Flood Risk: The Case of Alexander Township, 2004, South African Geographical Journal , Mgquba SK and Vogel C
3. The Climate Change Status Quo Analysis Report for the Water Sector (Project Leader and coauthor Of various chapters)
4. Long-Term Adaptation Scenarios, 2011 (co-author of the Water Chapter)
Awards
1. Member of the Advisory Panel on Weather and Climate for the Water Sector (under the WRC);
2. Member of the Advisory Panel to the National Designated Entity for the Climate Change Technology Centre Network under the Department of Science and Technology
3. Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Global Environmental Change under the National Research Foundation;
Other activities
1. Member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP
2. Member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA);
3. Member of the Inter-governmental Committee on Climate Change (IGCCC) and the
National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC);
4. Research Proposal Reviewer and Steering Committee Member in various projects under the Water Research Commission (WRC);