Jabulani Gumbo

Jabulani Gumbo


I hold a PhD (completed in 2007 at the University of Pretoria) and the study focused on the biological control of Microcystis-dominated harmful algal blooms. I lecture undergraduate students from the Department of Hydrology & Water Resources and from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda. Some of the research studies are community oriented and aimed at community empowerment. I have presented our research findings at national and international conferences and some of these research studies have been published in peer reviewed conference proceedings and in peer reviewed journals. The research studies have been carried out by post graduate students that I supervise.

My research interests are:
• Freshwater cyanobacteria species and their effect on rural water quality and inland aquaculture and how to reduce cyanotoxins in these ecosystems;
• Water quality issues related to pre- and post-mining activities and the management of tailings dams and how to reduce contaminates originating from these mine tailings;
• Environmental risk assessment of nanowaste (dealing with disposal of waste originating from nanotechnological products) in freshwater bodies and reservoirs,
• The improving the access of water and sanitation in rural schools.

I have also raised research funds from the Department of Research & Innovation (Internal) and from external sources such as the National Research Fund, Department of Science & Technology/CSIR and TESP. I am also working collaboratively with the University of Virginia, USA, on improving water access and sanitation in rural schools in Vhembe district and with the CSIR in evaluating the risk assessment of nanowaste in our environment. At the University of Venda, we have established the Environmental Bioremediation and Pollution Research Group with Dr W.M. Gitari.


  1. Rivers and wetlands

    Chair members, Professors Paul Fouche, Irene Barnhoorn and Stefan Foord from the Zoology Department, Dr Jabulani Gumbo from the Hydrology Department in the School of Environmental Sciences and their students and collaborators, made significant contributions towards a better understanding of anthropogenic impacts on the water quality, nutrient status and biodiversity of selected rivers, dams and […]