SASAqS was a total success for the WRG team!

The 55th Annual Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists Congress (SASAqS 2018) took place in Cape St Francis Bay Resort between June 24-28, 2018, with the theme Aquatic ecology in the Anthropocene. The congress was hosted by the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare.

The Water Research Group attended with a stunning number of 27 participants, giving 22 presentations (including one keynote by Prof NJ Smit and two plenary talks by Prof Victor Wepener and Dr Tarryn Botha) and 3 posters resulting in remarkable achievements. Three awards were granted to the team: Best Presentation for PhD Candidate Edward C. Netherlands and Best Student Poster for Honours’ student Anja Vermaak and a Travel Grant for PhD Candidate Suanne Bosch.

Congratulations to our members for the good work and great results!

Home to the largest Zebra fish bioassay facility in Africa

The Water research group in the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management (UESM) at the North-West University (NWU) installed the National Aquatic Bioassay Facility (NABF) in September 2017. Not only is the 515m2   facility the largest Zebra fish bioassay facility in Africa, but it is also the second largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Doctoral Students

Dr. Kaajial Durgapersad

M.Sc. Students

Suanne Bosch, Elané Lubbe & Anja Greyling

Jacques Beukes

Serita van der Wal


Marliese Truter, who was in Ndumo on a field trip

Elizmarie Bester, who is currently teaching in Taiwan


NRF Germany/South Africa PGE Workshop

Very successful Workshop (Seminar) at the Olifantsnek Dam, Hex River, as part of our NRF/DAAD funded SA-German bilateral project on Platinum Group Elements (PGE).

NRF Germany/South Africa Researcher's Launch Workshop

The bilateral project entitled Novel approaches to assess toxicity of platinum-group elements in aquatic environments, of the NWU-WRG and the Aquatic Ecology department at Unversität Duisburg-Essen , was launched during this event.

The NRF, through the International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) Directorate and in partnership with the German Project Management Agency (DLR-PT), hosted a two-day launch workshop for 2016 funded joint projects under the German/South African Science and Technology Cooperation. The workshop took place on 30-31 March 2017 in Pretoria.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Allow all 10 funded German/South African consortia to provide short summaries of the objectives of their projects to the funders;

  • Enable funded researchers to elaborate on how the German/South African funding will assist in achieving these objectives;

  • Provide understanding of how the PhD students who are involved in the funded projects intend to utilise this opportunity for their studies;

  • Provide a forum for funders to elaborate on their priorities and expectations from researchers; and

  • Serve as a platform for first project-specific meetings between funded researchers.

The workshop was attended by all 20 funded Principle Investigators of the consortia, PhD and postdoc students to be supported within the funded projects, funders and government officials.