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INR Hosts International Training Session at UKZN​

The INR, in partnership with UNESCO-IHP, the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), hosted a training course at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus from the 12th until the 19th of January 2019. This training course is one of a series of international training seminars and workshops focusing on the application of satellite remote sensing to support water resources management. Read more…

INR Intern, Nosipho Makaya, Presents at EAPASA Launch

Nosipho, pictured on the left, recently gave a short talk on her perspectives and expectations as a graduate and potential Candidate Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) at the launch of the online registration process for EAPs in South Africa, held at the Durban International Convention Centre. It is believed that based on the available evidence – Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPSA) is the first legally-based compulsory EAP Register in the world. Rightfully, there was a great sense of positivity, support and shared aspirations amongst the guests and the speakers towards this milestone, and Nosipho’s talk also did just that. Read more…

INR Interns Presents at UKZN Postgraduate & Innovation Symposium

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted their annual Postgraduate Research & Innovation Symposium (PRIS) at their Westville campus on the 25th Of October 2018. Four of our INR interns, Thembani Nxumalo, Mlungisi Shabalala, Nosipho Makaya and Matthew Dickey, displayed their research posters at the event and attended various oral presentations which were presented by students from the School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences (SAEES).

Congratulations to our interns, Thembani Nxumalo, Nosipho Makaya and Mlungisi Shabalala, who graduated with their master’s degrees at UKZN on the 13th of September 2018!


Thembani Nxumalo graduated with a Master of Science in Agriculture. His dissertation “Development of a Biocontrol Agent, Lecanicillium attenuatum (Zare & Gams), of Wheat Leaf Rust (Puccinia triticina Eriks)”, was supervised by Prof Mark Laing and Dr Sackey Yobo from UKZN’s Discipline of Plant Pathology

Nosipho Makaya graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. Her dissertation “Remote Sensing Applications for Detecting and Mapping the Spatial Distribution of Gullies in a Communal Grazing Landscape”, was supervised by Prof Onisimo Mutanga from UKZN who specializes in GIS and Earth Observation

Mlungisi Shabalala graduated with a Master of Science in Hydrology. His dissertation “Modelling the Impacts of Changes in Agricultural Management Practices on Water Resources with Declining Hydrometeorogical Data in the uThukela Catchment”, was supervised by Dr Michelle Toucher from the Centre for Water Resource Research at UKZN.

Reflections of a water guru

Water politics and how they will impact the future of agriculture

By Duncan Hay – The Witness 15 October

IAIAsa Students Host Successful Career Evening

IAIAsa hosted a career  evening at UKZN for students studying Geography and related subjects    


Executive Director at the INR, Duncan Hay, interviewed by SABC News on the condition of South Africa’s water systems

Urban river fighters

Various species of fish need a lot less litter and chemical spills from us to survive in the Duzi       

Fixing the water system

The right pricing and proper collection of revenue are essential for an effective water supply

Crossing the Rubicon

The Department of Water and Sanitation has released a brilliant plan for the future. But will it be implemented?

We can halve our water use

Time of plenty is when to plan for the next drought

INR Intern Establishes Integrated Environmental Management Student Mentorship Programme

SANBI conducts first training workshop on Environmental and Social Policy Risk Dashboard for Namakwa small grant recipients

One Step At A Time: Appreciating Conservation Agriculture

University of KwaZulu-Natal and INR Strengthen Relationship through MOU

INR experimenting with ways to improve banana production in the Eastern Cape

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