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Incorporating the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality (UCEWQ)

Grahamstown - South Africa

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The objectives of the IWR are to contribute to the knowledge of and promote the understanding and wise use of natural water resources in southern Africa.

These objectives are achieved in a number of ways:

  • Research into the structure, function and components of natural water systems
  • Contract projects aimed at solving specific water-related problems
  • Teaching at all levels within Rhodes University
  • Dissemination of information by written articles and public lectures
  • Service on research and management committees outside Rhodes University
  • Capacity building and community education for the water sector

You can read our latest Annual Report
You can read our brief IWR Brochure

For information on Grahamstown and South African  water resources and what you can do, please see the RU Environment page.


The 125th issue of International Innovation contains an interview with Professors Denis Hughes and Tally Palmer entitled Water Resources Sustainability which you can read via the link.

Scifest‌ Africa is South Africa’s largest science festival. The theme for 2017 was Tour de Science, which references the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Scifest Africa is one of the opportunities to give back to the community and share the knowledge gained through scientific studies.

The Institute for Water Research (IWR) had an exhibition that took the visitors on an aquatic journey. The IWR students used hands-on activities to take the visiting scholars through fundamental water processes and explained the use of aquatic insects as indicators of water quality.

 IWR at Scifest

Qawekazi Mkabile and David Gwapedza of the Institute for Water Research (IWR) explain how aquatic insects can be used as indicators of water quality

Canon Collins Trust Graca Machel Scholarship

 A BSc student, Asiphe Sahula has been awarded a prestigious Canon Collins Trust Graca Machel Scholarship for women for 2012, to study Honours in Environmental Water Management at Rhodes University. The scholarship provides full tuition, a study resource allowance, living expenses allowance and mentoring. This scholarship is awarded to students from a wide range of disciplines, but favour is given to applications for courses or degrees that are relevant to the development needs of Southern Africa. It is awarded to applicants who demonstrate a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of Southern Africa.

Asiphe is a member of the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality and her honours project will focus on the impacts of suspended sediment in rivers. She has clearly demonstrated how her chosen institution course fit with the Trust's ambitions, as well as once qualified, how she intends to make a difference. Mrs Machel is particularly keen to provide scholarships to women who have experienced significant struggle in their lives and who have sought to overcome these difficulties. Applicants are expected to demonstrate clearly how their application fits within this agenda. Asiphe was selected for this scholarship among thousands of applications from women from all 15 SADC and to now be referred to as a Canon Collins Scholar. She regards this as her opportunity for further academic growth and the key to fulfil her dream of being part of a generation of difference.

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