Mlungisi Shabalala

Vice Lead

Mlungisi serving as the Vice Lead of the WISA YWP-KZN is a Hydrologist at uMngeni-uThukela Water. His daily activities revolve around water resources management and water resources planning. Mlungisi has also worked in several applied research projects addressing a wide range of water-related issues. Some key projects include; the resilience of the UK fresh fruit and vegetable system to water-related risks; water use of agroforestry systems; cost benefits of implementing sugarcane buffers, and development of a national rainwater harvesting strategy for South Africa.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His study aims to investigate the viability of adopting macadamia nut trees as a replacement for water-use-intensive exotic commercial forest plantations through field-based water use measurements in a water-stressed groundwater-driven catchment along the Maputaland coastal plain, South Africa. He is part of the International Water Security Network.
Mlungisi specialises in hydrological, as well as water resources yield and planning modelling. His main goal is to contribute to the sustainable development and management of water resources. His current area of interest revolves around understanding the resilience of the bulk water supply sector to land use change and growing water demand under the increasingly unpredictable and severe effects of climate change.