Tebogo Madlala

Institution: University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Unit: Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Research theme: Earth sciences

Supervisor: Dr Thokozani Kanyerere, UWC



Tebogo was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, and attended primary and secondary schools in the Western Cape. He completed his undergraduate studies at UWC in 2012, where he also completed his Master’s in Environmental and Water Sciences. For his master’s, Tebogo investigated the applicability of a multi-method approach to determine groundwater-surface water interactions (GW-SW) in a mountainous catchment in the Western Cape. In his doctoral studies at UWC, Tebogo is investigating aquifer-wetland interactions within the water-energy-food nexus framework. The aim of the research is to develop a field-tested hydrogeological decision support tool for the management of crucial aquifer-wetland interaction zones in coal mining environments. In addition, Tebogo participates in a variety of water projects as part of the Source Directed Scientific Measures research group of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); these range from post-mining landscapes to wastewater treatment. In his time away from his research, Tebogo enjoys the beach and learning about history.