Sandisiwe Thisani

Institution: University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Unit & faculty: Engineering and Built Environment

Research field: Water treatment, acid mine drainage

Supervisors: Dr Daramy Kallon, UJ (main supervisor); Dr Patrick Byrne, Liverpool John Moores University, UK (co-supervisor)



Sandisiwe hails from Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. He obtained his BTech in Mechanical Engineering from UJ, a BSc (Hons) in Technology Management from the University of Pretoria, and an MTech in Mechanical Engineering from UJ as well. His research interest lies in the sustainability of water. For his master’s thesis, he investigated atmospheric water-generation technology as a possible drought-relief solution for rural communities in coastal KwaZulu-Natal. In his doctoral research, he is investigating the treatment of acid mine drainage with pervious concrete, using a systems analysis approach to develop and test a prototype reactor. With five years of experience in the engineering industry, specifically in the water and wastewater treatment sector, Sandisiwe describes himself as a practical scholar who enjoys implementing knowledge gained from higher education to solve real-world problems, with the aim of contributing to innovation and the economic growth of South Africa.