Caswell Munyai

Caswell Munyai


Dr Caswell Munyai is a Lecturer in invertebrate biology within the Biodiversity cluster in the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg campus. He is a South African based myrmecologist and is a co-founder of the Soutpansberg Mountain transect project responsible for monitoring the response of invertebrates to global change (started in 2009 to present). He is also a Consultant (Myrmecologist) for Ukalene Production LCC, Lost Mountain Film in Mulanje and Namuli Mountains in Malawi and Mozambique. He was a Committee Coordinator (2012 – 2013) for the Graduate Student Network (GSN) in the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and Events Coordinator (2011 – 2012).


  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]