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Dr John Zvimba - Research Manager , Wastewater treatment and management


Dr John Ngoni Zvimba is currently with the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) as a Research Manager responsible for the wastewater treatment and management research portfolio. He holds a doctorate in Chemistry with postdoctoral research experience in Bioprocess Engineering. Prior to joining the WRC, he has been a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIR. His research areas of interest include municipal, industrial and mining wastewater(s) treatment and management, particularly aspects on wastewater treatment, beneficiation and volarization. He has 12 years’ research experience post-doctoral studies, providing strategic research direction, mainly in water science & technology and 8 years’ experience pre-doctoral studies focusing on academia, research & development (R&D) and human capital development. He has authored/co-authored over 20 peer reviewed publications, 1 book, 2 provisional patents, several conference presentations and technical reports and has co-supervised 4 MSc students. Dr Zvimba has also worked for Mintek as a Technical Specialist, where he led and provided strategic R&D direction in support of the Environmental Impact Research Cluster. He has also been a temporary replacement lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Prior to his doctorate studies, Dr Zvimba was instrumental in the establishment of a Department of Chemical Technology for a newly established University in 2000, besides working as a Senior Analytical Chemist and Advanced Level Chemistry Teacher. He is a current member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a former member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) and has received the UCT Research Associateship (2003 – 2005), Sasol Post-Graduate Gold Medal (2005) and the Claude Leon Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2006) Awards.