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Ignatious Matimati Head of Department
Dr Ignatious Matimati Scopus ID
PhD Botany (UCT)
Tel: 031 373 5125
Email: ignatiousm@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
My research focus is in understanding how plants relate to environmental variation, especially water and nutrient availability. Unifying themes of this research are plant nutrient acquisition, water use efficiency, plant-water fluxes and stable isotope ecology. Much of my work has explored the hydrology of plants in the Succulent Karoo Biome. My current projects explore the effects of enhanced ultraviolet-B radiation, drought, and their combination on UV-absorbing secondary compounds of selected priority South African medicinal plants. I lecture Research Methodology and Integrated Pest and Disease Management.
 
Collaborations: Viloshnee Reddy, Tissue Culture Lab, EThekwini Municipality. Prof Mike Cramer, Department of Biological Studies, University of Cape Town.

Sphelele Mhlophe Secretary
Ms Sphelele Mhlophe
BTech Public Relations Management (DUT)
Tel: 031 373 5124
Email: sphelelem@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I ensure the smooth operation of the department through administrative support to the HOD and staff members. The main activities involve the recruitment and registration of our students, organizing meetings, advisory boards, student awards and the day to day running of the department. Furthermore, I liaise with suppliers, both external and internal, to order stock, uniforms and process other departmental needs.

Mack Moyo9 Senior Lecturer
Dr Mack Moyo Scopus ID
PhD Botany (UKZN)
Tel: 031 373 5282
Email: mackm@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I am an Established Researcher with an NRF C2 rating in Plant Science. My research focus is plant biotechnology, plant abiotic stress physiology and the role of plant growth hormones (mainly cytokinins and auxins) in regulating plant growth and development. I teach Plant Science and Research Methods modules.

Jonathan Foley Senior Lecturer
Dr Jonathan Foley
PhD Conservation (UKZN)
Tel: 031 373 5436
Email: jonathan@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I coordinate and lecture the 3rd year Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme, which incorporates six months of structured learning at DUT (School of Horticulture) and another six months in the horticultural industry. The intersection of diverse cultures and the way in which different people groups use medicinal plants is a focus of my research. By invitation of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), I wrote technical reports for the National Biodiversity Assessment 2018 on the economic value of African medicinal plants. I value the emergence of a truly South African style of landscape design that can benefit all strata of communities. To this end I am involved with the South African Landscape Institute (SALI) contributing to their chapter in KZN as a regional judge and executive committee member.
 
Collaborations Prof Eureta Rosenburg, Tsitsa Project, Rhodes University. Prof Neil Crouch, SANBI Ethnobotany Unit.

All-focus Lecturer
Dr Pravin Mark Maistry Scopus ID
PhD Botany (UCT)
Tel: 031 373 5236
Email: pravinm@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
My research focus is in the hypothesis-driven study of root traits for tolerance of nutrient limitation and drought, and its application to horticulture and plant ecophysiology. I am also engaged in the use of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), and the technology of hydroponics, in urban farming. I lecture 1st-year and 2nd-year Plant Sciences modules. A member of the research committee of the Seedling Growers Association of South Africa (SGASA).
 
Collaborations Prof Eshchar Mizrachi, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria. Nokukhanya Maplanka, Specialist Propagation Science, Forestry Mondi SA.

oznorCO_vivi Lecturer
Ms Indrani (Hazel) Govender
MSc Environmental Science (UKZN)
Tel: 031 373 5285
Email: indranig@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
My research focuses on ecological risk assessment and urban ecology. The research in ecological risk assessment is on water catchment studies, with an emphasis on the interaction of multiple stressors in complex socio-ecological systems. The model 3 applied to my research incorporates Bayesian Networks to explore scenarios in managing socio-ecological systems. My research in urban ecology focusses on restoration ecology, interaction between built infrastructure and ecology, and assessment of ecosystem services and biodiversity in urban green spaces. I lecture Ecology, Environmental Sustainability and Conservation Horticulture.
 
Collaborations Prof Ullrika Sahlin, Centre for Environment and Climate Research, Lund University, Sweden. Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group, UKZN. Dr Gordon O’Brien, School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Mpumalanga. UEIP (uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Programme).

Dhiren Govender Lecturer
Mr Dhiren Munsami Govender
MTech Human Resource Management (DUT)
Tel: 031 373 5233
Email: dhireng@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I am a practicing horticulturist engaged in plant propagation, amenity horticulture and landscaping, specialising in Turfgrass Culture and Management. My research explores the use of stable water isotopes to understand the contributions of rainwater harvesting technologies in horticulture. I lecture Horticulture, Business Management and Horticultural Operations Management.
 
Collaborations Dr Lutendo Mugwedi, Department of Ecology Resource Management, University of Venda.

Astrid Badenhorst Lecturer
Ms Astrid Badenhorst
MSc Environmental Management (UNISA)
Tel: 031 373 5105
Email: astridb@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I am a horticulturist and an educator. I lecture Growth Media Studies, Horticulture (Production, Intensive Growing, and Greenhouse Technology), and Sustainable Horticulture. As an environmentalist, my research focuses on the analysis of policy challenges related to invasive species and the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 2004. I am a certified South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) Invasive Plant Specialist and serve on the board of the Intensive Growers Association (IGA).
 
Collaborations Dr Naresh Subedi, National Trust for Nature Conservation Kathmandu, Nepal. Intensive Growers Association (IGA), KZN. EThekwini Biodiversity Forum. Reshnee Lalla, KZN Invasive Forum. Prof John Wilson, Biological Invasive Directorate, SANBI. Kay Montgomery, South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC). Viloshnie Reddy, EThekwini Municipality.

Thagen Anumanthoo Senior Technical Assistant
Mr Thagen Anumanthoo
MSc Horticultural Science (UKZN)
Tel: 031 373 6420/5124
Email: thagena@dut.ac.za
Ritson campus
 
My key role is to assist lecturers in the delivery of practical’s in horticulture programmes. In the nursery, I am responsible for plant propagation and sales as well as plant decors. I am exploring the recycling of biomass from alien invasive plants in my research. My technical expertise is complemented by previous work experience in botanical gardens and estates.

Philile Patience Ngcobo Technical assistant
Ms Philile Patience Ngcobo
BTech Horticulture (DUT)
Tel: 031 373 6842
Email: phililen@dut.ac.za
ML Sultan Campus
 
I offer technical support to departmental staff and students, and assist with coordinating Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and School of Horticulture (SOH). My research focuses on the accumulation of secondary metabolites in selected South African medicinal plants exposed to environmental stress (interactions of drought and light intensity).

General Assistants:

Assisting the department in making the environment and university green for student activities. Greening projects for departments within DUT. 


Linda Khanyile Linda Blessing Khanyile
Tel: 031 373 5124
Email: lindanik@dut.ac.za
Ritson Campus

Nosipho Nokwindla Nosipho Nokwindla
Tel: 031 373 5124
Email: nosiphon@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus

Snothi Mdunge Snothi Mdunge
Tel: 031 373 5124
Email: SnothiM@dut.ac.za
Ritson Campus

Andile Alfred Mkhize Andile Alfred Mkhize
Tel: 031 373 5124
Email: alfredM1@dut.ac.za
Ritson Campus