Sydney Shikwambana

Institution: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

Unit & faculty: Department of Environmental and Occupational Studies, Faculty of Applied Science

Research field: Soil science

Supervisors: Dr Bongani Ncube, CPUT (main supervisor); Dr Adam French, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (co-supervisor); Prof Kingsley Ayisi, University of Limpopo (co-supervisor)


Sydney was born in Bonn, a rural village in Limpopo. He completed his BSc and MSc in Agriculture Soil Science at University of Limpopo. Over his master’s studies, he developed a fuller understanding of the microbial population dynamics, enzyme activity and quantification of nutrient release in soil amended with composts. For his PhD at CPUT, he will develop a livelihood-based package to improve drought resilience of smallholder farmers in selected areas of the Limpopo. He is also conducting research on mapping irrigated areas in the province; on the revitalisation of smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa; and on monitoring water tables in irrigation schemes. Sydney’s has worked as a soils science intern at the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; and as technician at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries. He describes himself as an ambitious, dedicated, motivated and goal-driven person, with plans to enter the higher echelons of strategic leadership in the near future.