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Welcome to the

Graduation Ceremony

of the

University of Johannesburg

31 October 2019

Welkom by die

Gradeplegtigheid

van die

Universiteit van Johannesburg

31 Oktober 2019

Le a Amogelwa

Moletlong wa Dikapešo wa

Yunibesithi ya Johannesburg

31 Diphalane 2019

Niyamukelwa

eMcimbini wokweThweswa kweZiqu

weNyuvesi yaseJohannesburg

31 kuMfumfu 2019

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UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

CHANCELLOR

Prof NS Ndebele

BA (Lesotho), MA (Cambridge UK), PhD (Denver USA)

SENIOR OFFICE-BEARERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL

Prof T Marwala

BS Eng (Case Western Reserve USA), MEng (UP), PhD (Cambridge UK)

DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR ACADEMIC

Prof A Parekh

BA, BA Hons, MA (UDW), MA (Kansas USA), DPhil (UDW)

DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR: RESEARCH AND INTERNATIONALISATION

Prof S Sinha

BEng, MEng, PhD (UP)

REGISTRAR

Prof IC Burger

BA, HEd, BA Hons, MA, PhD (RAU)

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ms N Mamorare

BCom (Rhodes), BCom Hons (UKZN), CA (SA)

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Prof A Swart

NDip, NHDip (TWR), BEd, MEd (RAU), DTech (TWR)

GENERAL COUNSEL

Prof PH O’Brien

BCom, LLB, LLM, LLD (RAU)

SENIOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN THE VICE-CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE

Dr N Vukuza

BA (Fort Hare), BA Hons (Rhodes), DTE (UNISA), MA (Wits), PhD (Stellenbosch)

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EXECUTIVE DEANS

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Prof D van Lill

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (US)

FACULTY OF ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Ms A Breytenbach (Acting)

BArch (UP), MBA (UJ)

FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Prof SJ Gravett

BA, HEd (PU for CHE), BEd, MEd, DEd (RAU)

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Prof DJ Mashao

BSc Eng (UCT), MSc Eng (UCT), MSc AM (Brown, USA), PhD (Brown, USA)

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Prof S Khan

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD (UWC)

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

Prof AB Broadbent

BA, BA Hons, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge UK)

FACULTY OF LAW

Prof LG Mpedi

B Juris, LLB (Vista), LLM (RAU), LLD (UJ)

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Prof D Meyer

BSc, BSc Hons, MSc (RAU), PhD (California USA)

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MEMBERS OF COUNCIL

CHAIRPERSON

Mr MS Teke

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Dr Y Ndema

MEMBERS

Prof H Abrahamse

Mr FM Baleni

Mr T Ditshego

Ms S Dlamini

Ms K Gugushe

Prof D Hildebrandt

Ms X Kakana

Mr G Khosa

Mr MS Khoza

Ms K Khumalo

Ms B Madikizela

Mr M Mahlasela

Prof T Marwala

Mr T Mati

Ms Z Matlala

Prof A Parekh

Dr WP Rowland

Prof A Strydom

PRESIDENT OF CONVOCATION

Dr BM Diale

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Programme

Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 13:00

To ensure good order during the ceremony all those present are requested to leave

the Auditorium only after the ceremony has been concluded.

The academic procession enters the Auditorium and the members of the procession take

their seats on the stage.

The choir sings Gaudeamus Igitur (or a CD is played) while those present remain

standing.

The Chancellor constitutes the congregation.

Choir.

Welcome.

The relevant Executive Dean presents the candidates to the Chancellor for the

conferment of a degree/diploma/certificate.

Singing of the National Anthem.

The Chancellor dissolves the congregation.

The academic procession leaves the Auditorium while those present remain standing.

Lenaneo

Labone, 31 Diphalane 2019 ka 13:00

Go kgonthiša gore dilo di sepela ka tshwanelo nakong ya moletlo, bohle bao ba tlilego

moletlong ba kgopelwa go tšwa ka Holong ya kopano feela ka morago ga ge moletlo o

phethilwe.

Sehlopha sa dirutegi se tsena ka Holong ya kopano gomme maloko a sehlopha se a dula

ditulong tša ona sefaleng.

Khwaere e opela Gaudeamus Igitur (goba CD e tlo bapalwa) mola bao ba lego gona ba

tšwela pele go ema.

Mokhanseliri o kopanya phuthego.

Khwaere.

Dikamogelo.

Hlogophethiši ya maleba ya lefapha e hlagiša dialoga go Mokhanseliri gore di newe

tikrii/diploma/setifikeiti.

Go opelwa ga Koša ya Setšhaba.

Mokhanseliri o phatlalatša phuthego.

Sehlopha sa dirutegi se tšwa ka Holong ya kopano mola bao ba lego gona ba tšwela pele

go ema.

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Program

Donderdag, 31 Oktober 2019 om 13:00

Ter wille van die ordelike verloop van die plegtigheid

word alle aanwesiges vriendelik versoek

om die Ouditorium nie voor die einde van die plegtigheid te verlaat nie.

Die akademiese prosessie kom die Ouditorium binne en neem op die verhoog plaas.

Die koor sing Gaudeamus Igitur (of ‘n CD word gespeel) terwyl die aanwesiges staan.

Die Kanselier stel die kongregasie saam.

Koor.

Verwelkoming.

Die betrokke uitvoerende dekaan stel die kandidate aan die Kanselier voor vir die

toekenning van ‘n graad/diploma/sertifikaat.

Sing van die volkslied.

Die Kanselier ontbind die kongregasie.

Terwyl die aanwesiges bly staan, verlaat die akademiese prosessie die Ouditorium.

Uhlelo

uLwesine, 31 kuMfumfu 2019 ngelo-13:00

Ukuze kuqinisekwe ukuthi konke kuhamba kahle ngesikhathi somcimbi, bonke abakhona

bacelwa ukuba baphume eHholweni kuphela lapho umcimbi usuphothuliwe.

Udwendwe lezifundiswa lungena ehholweni bese amalungu odwendwe ahlala phansi

esiteji.

Ikwaya icula i-Gaudeamus Igitur (noma kudlalwa iCD) ngalenkathi labo abakhona

besamile.

UShansela uhlanganisa ibandla.

Ikwaya.

Ukwamukelwa.

Izinhloko Eziyiziphathimandla ezithintekayo zethula abafundi kuShansela weNyuvesi

ukuze bathole idigiri/idiploma/isitifiketi.

Kuculwa iHubo Lesizwe.

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Gaudeamus Igitur

Gaudeamus igitur,

Juvenes dum sumus;

Post iucundum iuventutem,

Post molestam senectutem

Nos habebit humus.

Vivat academia,

Vivant professores,

Vivat membrum quodlibet,

Vivat membra quaelibet;

Semper sint in flore!

English

Let us rejoice, therefore,

While we are young.

After a pleasant youth

After a troubling old age

The earth will have us.

Long live the academy!

Long live the professors!

Long live each student;

Long live the whole fraternity;

For ever may they flourish!

Sesotho sa Leboa

Ka gona, a re thabeng,

Re sa le ba bafsa.

Ka morago ga bofsa bjo bo bose

Ka morago ga go tšofala mo go nago le

mathata

Lefase le tla ba le rena.

Phela thuto phela!

Phelang diprofesa phelang!

Phelang baithuti phelang;

Phela kagišano ka botlalo phela;

O ka re ba ka phela gabotse goyagoile!

Afrikaans

Laat ons dan vrolik wees,

Terwyl ons jonk is;

Na ’n aangename jeug.

Na ’n onaangename oudag,

Sal die aarde ons hou.

Lank lewe die universiteit,

Lank lewe die professore,

Lank lewe elke student,

Lank lewe al die studente,

Mag hulle vir ewig hul jeug behou!

Zulu

Ngakho, masithokoze

Sisebasha nje.

Emva kobumnandi bobusha

Emva kwezinkinga zobudala

Umhlaba uzosithatha.

Phambili ngemfundo!

Phambili boSolwazi!

Phambili nakuwe mfundi;

Phambili ngenhlangano yonke;

Maziqhubeke ngonaphakade!

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QUALIFICATIONS

1. Diploma (Dip): Architectural Technology

Mokoena, Albert Mandla

Mumba, Msirim

Naran Kara, Eshara

2. Bachelor in Architecture

Banda, Shadreck

3. Masters in Art (MA):

Becker, Zadie (Jewellery Design)

Dissertation: A Personal exploration of Afrikaner Identity through Jewellery

Practice.

Supervisor: Prof J Peter

Bediako, Kimberly Adwoa (Fashion Design)

Dissertation: Fashion and technology: A study exploring digital communication of

fashion information targeted at Generation Z consumers.

Supervisor: Mr A Muthambi

Co-Supervisor: Dr DN Smal

Dzirba-Van Rooyen, Sylvia Alexsandra (Interior Design)

Dissertation: Holistic Interior Design for Business: Retail design of quick-service

dining environments within the Johannesburg context.

Supervisor: Ms A Breytenbach

Jayanandham, Carey Anne (Communication Design)

Dissertation: Visual representations of identity in Afropolitan magazine covers.

Supervisor: Prof JD Pretorius

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Mabale, Nthabiseng Pamela (Multimedia)

Dissertation: Retracting the beholder's eyes: Portrayals of black South African

women's beauty in television commercials.

Supervisor: Dr AT Ambala

Co-Supervisor: Ms L Raubenheimer

4. National Diploma (NDip)

Chauke, Rhulani Sharon (Building)

Chavalala, Ntwano Chriswell (Engineering: Civil)

Diphoko, Khothatso (Engineering: Civil)

Khumalo, Khumbulani (Engineering: Civil)

Ludere, Tshedza (Building)

Mabuza, Wandile Sakhile (Engineering: Civil)

Magangeni, Nkateko Blessing (Town and Regional Planning)

Makukule, Adonis Zinto (Town and Regional Planning)

Maluleke, Vukosi (Engineering: Civil)

Marole, Thivhaloshi (Engineering: Civil)

Mathebula, Percy (Engineering: Civil)

Mdaka, Basani (Town and Regional Planning)

Moabelo, Boitumelo (Town and Regional Planning)

Modiba, Rearabetswe Gabaiphiwe Shale (Town and Regional Planning)

Moela, Katlego Hlabirwa (Building)

Moyo, Lerato Sherpard (Building)

Mthombeni, Masana Nsuku (Building)

Racheku, Masilo Exellent (Engineering: Civil)

Rakoma, Kelebogile Georgina (Building)

Rapudi, Rector Riphuluse (Engineering: Civil)

Sefoloshi, Kenny Motsedi (Engineering: Civil)

Xulu, Busani (Town and Regional Planning)

Zawadi, Neema Gradi (Building)

5. Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech)

Bolton, Thomas Jervis (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Boshoman, Mabuse (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Buthelezi, Phumlani Mpumelelo (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Chauke, Majiro Josia (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Dantile, Samkelekile Lundi (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Dlamini, Mzokhona Brian (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Dlamini, Nombuso Small (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Erero, Joel (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

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Glanz, Brandon Raymond (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Kabamba, Kevin Mwamba (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Khoza, Cooper Sibusiso Albert (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Langa, Thapelo William (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Lotz, Freddie Melchior (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Lungu, Dalitso (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Maila, Tadima Raymond (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Makeketlane, Motlatso Gloudean (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Makume, Lehlonono (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Mashego, Morategi Robbias (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Mathebula, Risimati Wesley (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Mbatha, Lindokuhle (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Mdlalose, Sithabile Hlobisile (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Mdoda, Camagwini Ilana Wongalethu (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Mhlophe, Nkosana Joseph (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Moloele, Thabang William (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Moshokoa, Tumelo Victor (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Musema, Andy (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Nhantumbo, Carlota Katia (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Nthulana, Phindulo Seani (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

Phasha, Motsepe Ronny (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Ratsela, Tumisang Cordelia (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Sibande, Innocent Nkosinathi (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Thabang, Jeremiah Tumelo (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Thabede, Lefa Aubrey (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Tseka, Sophia Mahubane (Engineering: Civil: Water)

Tshabalala, Nondumiso Siphumelele (Engineering: Civil: Transportation)

Tswaledi, Billy Mmarumo (Engineering: Civil: Structural)

Xhanti, Sithandile (Engineering: Civil: Construction Management)

6. Baccalaureus Ingeneriae (BIng)

Banyini, Wanga (Civil Engineering)

Bodibe, Neliseiwe Norah (Civil Engineering)

Dimba, Lwazi Fundisa Lehlohonolo (Civil Engineering)

Hlebeya, Bhekumuzi Gift (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Khoza, Mbongeni Willy (Civil Engineering)

Kubayi, Wandisile Fortunate (Civil Engineering)

Lefifi, Bontle Thandi (Civil Engineering)

Maabane, Swelihle Jubilant (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Mabasa, Gaelle Ntumba (Civil Engineering)

Mahlatji, Thabiso Boke (Civil Engineering)

Makgamatha, Motala Alfred (Civil Engineering)

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Maleaopo, Phetola Elias (Civil Engineering)

Mambeva, Simbarashe (Civil Engineering)

Mamutse, Esther (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Manenzhe, Mulalo Ivan (Civil Engineering)

Manganyi, Hlulekani Humphrey (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Marumo, Mathews (Civil Engineering)

Mayisa, Keletso Hezron (Civil Engineering)

Mhandu, Simbarashe Raphael (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Mokoele, Pulana Olympus (Mechanical Engineering)

Mollo, Tshepiso Persevarance (Civil Engineering)

Monare, Omphile (Civil Engineering)

Mosupi, Katlego Paul Junior (Civil Engineering)

Mtsweni, Thokozani Elias (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Munyai, Pfariso (Civil Engineering)

Muthambi, Matidza Lusani (Civil Engineering)

Ndlangamandla, Fisokuhle Lawrence (Civil Engineering)

Ndlovu, Lungani Guardian (Civil Engineering)

Ndodana, Zuko (Civil Engineering)

Ngcobo, Nhlakanipho Wiseman (Civil Engineering)

Ngonyama, Milton Moswaba (Civil Engineering)

Nguma, Thandwa (Civil Engineering)

Nkosi, Njabulo Felix (Civil Engineering)

Nkosi, Thabo Xolani (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Phetoe, Florance Thato (Civil Engineering)

Ravhutsi, Ritshidze (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Sekwambane, Manoko Joseph (Civil Engineering)

Selelo, Thabang Mohlatlego (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Selepe, Nkubi (Civil Engineering)

Shumba, Awonah (Civil Engineering)

Sibane, Tiisetso Kewin (Mechanical Engineering)

Sithole, Lethuthando (Electrical and Electronic Engineering with endorsement

Information Technology)

Tayob, Naeem (Mechanical Engineering)

Thopola, Kabelo Africa (Civil Engineering)

Zwane, Ndumiso (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

7. Magister Technologiae (MTech)

Adeyemi, Benjamen Sunkanmi (Construction Management) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Assessment of conflict management among professionals in the

Nigerian construction industry

Supervisor: Prof CO Aigbavboa

Co-Supervisor: Prof WD Thwala

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Bambokela, Jonathan Empompo (Chemical Engineering) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Assessing the chemiabsorptive potency of organic solvents and

potential utilisation of CO2 after Biogas upgrading

Supervisor: Prof E Muzenda

Co-Supervisor: Prof M Belaid

Diba, Nthabiseng Molebogeng Joycynthia (Quantity Surveying)

Dissertation: An assessment of social sustainability considerations during publicsector

infrastructure procurement: the case of Free State Province

Supervisor: Dr BO Awuzie

Co-Supervisor: Prof CO Aigbavboa

Dlamini, Sibusiso Bongani (Engineering: Mechanical)

Dissertation: Exploring the capabilities of a grid connected photovoltaic system for

an office building

Supervisor: Mr E Bakaya-Kyahurwa

Co-Supervisor: Dr MM Mashinini

Dube, Nomfundo Nobuhle Faith (Construction Management)

Dissertation: Site management practices in Swaziland’s construction projects

Supervisor: Prof CO Aigbavboa

Co-Supervisor: Prof WD Thwala

Kaelo, Olehile John (Engineering: Mechanical)

Dissertation: Characterisation of polymer matrix composites properties, using

novel indigenous fiber

Supervisor: Dr A Mashamba

Co-Supervisor: Prof AL Nel

Mafafo, Ramokone Marcia (Chemical Engineering)

Dissertation: High-temperature erosion-wear behavior of stainless steel matrix

composite.

Supervisor: Prof PA Olubambi

Co-Supervisor: Dr BA Obadele

Magabe, Oupa Marene Raymond (Engineering: Mechanical) (with distinction)

Dissertation: Investigation on Wire Spark Erosion machining of NITI shape

memory alloys

Supervisor: Prof K Gupta

Co-Supervisor: Dr N Sharma

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Maubane, Lesego Tabea (Chemical Engineering)

Dissertation: Development of highly functional PBSA/Butyl-etherified starch

nanocomposites using reactive extrusion

Supervisor: Dr Suprakas Sinha Ray

Co-Supervisor: Prof K Jalama

Musundire, Suwisai (Construction Management)

Dissertation: Mitigating the triple challenge through the influence of green building

literacy on pro-environmental behaviours in Johannesburg, South Africa

Supervisor: Prof CO Aigbavboa

Co-Supervisor: Prof WD Thwala

Tladi, Moemedi Ngoanamosadi Advocate (Chemical Engineering)

Dissertation: Study of the electrochemical characteristics of cathodically protected

2205 duplex stainless steel in saline environment

Supervisor: Prof PA Olubambi

Co-Supervisor: Dr BA Obadele

8. Master of Sustainable Urban Planning and Development

Baloyi, Ethel (Sustainable Urban Planning and Development)

Minor Dissertation: Evaluating the location of fire Stations using GIS-Based

accessibility analysis: A case study in Ekurhuleni

Supervisor: Mrs VN Letsoko

Co-Supervisor: Prof W Musakwa

Malapane, Olgah Lerato (Sustainable Urban Planning and Development)

Minor Dissertation: Landscape change in the Levhuvhu and Nzhelele River

catchments, Venda Limpopo province South Africa

Supervisor: Prof W Musakwa

Co-Supervisor: Prof T Gumbo

Mkhongi, Felicity Aphiwe (Sustainable Urban Planning and Development) (with

distinction)

Minor Dissertation: Perspectives of GIS education in secondary schools,

uMgungundlovu District, South Africa

Supervisor: Prof W Musakwa

Co-Supervisor: Mrs V Yeni-Letsoko

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9. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Art History

Hobbs, Philippa Anne

Thesis: Ideology, imagery and female agency in tapestry at the Evangelical

Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre, Rorke's Drift, during the Swedish period

1961 - 1976.

Supervisor: Prof BL Schmahmann

10. Doctor Philosophiae (DPhil)

Nkomo, Malvin (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Thesis: Virtualised Overlay Wireless Sensor Networks for Heterogeneous Internet

of Things applications

Supervisor: Prof S Sinha

Co-Supervisors: Prof GP Hancke and Prof A Abu-Mahfouz

11. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Abdulrahman, Kamardeen Olajide (Mechanical Engineering)

Thesis: Laser Metal Deposition of titanium aluminide composites

Supervisor: Prof ET Akinlabi

Co-Supervisor: Dr RM Mahamood

Damisa, Uyikumhe (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Thesis: Energy management models for renewable energy-assisted prosumer

microgrids

Supervisor: Prof NI Nwulu

Co-Supervisor: Prof Y Sun

Gbadamosi, Saheed Lekan (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Thesis: Optimal composite generation and transmission expansion planning

considering renewable energy sources, harmonies and system reliability

Supervisor: Prof NI Nwulu

Co-Supervisor: Prof Y Sun

Mahajan, Sagar Bhaskar (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Thesis: Development of novel Non-Isolated unidirectional DC-DC multistage power

converter configurations for renewable energy applications-hardware implantation

and investigation studies

Supervisor: Prof P Sanjeevikumar

Co-Supervisor: Prof F Blaabjerg

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Mahlobo, Mandlenkosi George Robert (Chemical Engineering)

Thesis: Cathodic protection of steel buried in unsaturated soils: Role of polarisation

level, pH and carbonate concentration

Supervisor: Prof PA Olubambi

Co-Supervisor: Prof P Refait

Matheri, Anthony Njuguna (Chemical Engineering)

Thesis: Mathematical modelling of biological wastewater treatment and bioenergy

production processes

Supervisor: Prof F Ntuli

Co-Supervisors: Prof JC Ngila and Dr T Seodigeng

Mwema, Fredrick Madaraka (Mechanical Engineering)

Thesis: Thin film coating: characterising the evolving properties of aluminium thin

films prepared via RF Magnetron Sputtering

Supervisor: Prof ET Akinlabi

Co-Supervisor: Dr OP Oladijo

Sithole, Nastassia Thandiwe (Chemical Engineering)

Thesis: Synthesis and evaluation of slag based geopolymers for acidic mineral

effluent remediation and geotechnical engineering applications.

Supervisor: Prof F Ntuli

Co-Supervisor: Prof F Okonta


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Hobbs, Philippa Anne (PhD)

Philippa Hobbs, currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the SARChI Chair:

South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg, graduated

with a National Higher Diploma in Fine Art (with distinction) from the Technikon

Witwatersrand, in 1987 and with an MA Art History (with distinction) from the

University of the Witwatersrand in 2004. In the late 1990s, she started working with

the MTN SA Foundation, becoming Senior Manager in charge of the Arts and

Culture portfolio between 2009 and 2014. An accomplished printmaker and curator,

she is also an art historian who has published numerous journal articles and book

chapters. Co-author (with Elizabeth Rankin) of Printmaking in a Transforming South

Africa (David Philip, 1997), Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints, (Double Story Books,

2003) and Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke (Standard Bank,

2011; Penguin Random House, 2014), she was also the editor of Messages and

Meaning: The MTN Art Collection (David Krut Publishing, 2006).

In her ground-breaking thesis, Philippa Hobbs examines the tapestry practice

initiated and run by Swedish artists at the Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and

Craft Centre in Rorke’s Drift during the 1960s and early 1970s. Gender politics

provide a lens for her investigation of both the philanthropy of the Swedes and the

responses to it by isiZulu-speaking women who joined the weavery. Through close

analysis of tapestries, many of which were formerly unknown, Hobbs reveals how

women assumed agency by reworking oral narratives in such a way that their works

commented on apartheid policies, missionary strictures as well as limiting social

conventions. Her three examiners – all international scholars – were unanimous in

their praise of the study. Commenting how the thesis brings to light works by

women that were formerly neglected in scholarship, they also observed that

Philippa Hobbs’ thesis provides an outstanding example of how feminist analysis

can enable wholly new perspectives on histories.

Supervisor: Prof BL Schmahmann


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Nkomo, Malvin (DPhil)

Malvin Nkomo was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1984. He received a Bachelor

of Engineering Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the National

University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe in 2009. In 2012, he completed

a Master’s of Science degree in Communication and Information Engineering at

Shandong University of Science and Technology in Shandong, China. In 2015, he

proceeded to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Johannesburg. He has

vast industry experience in the field of embedded systems design, having started

his career as a junior engineer at MH Automation and continued to become a

seasoned research, innovations and design engineer at Econet Wireless. He is also

a technology entrepreneur who founded Hailer Technologies − a Pan-African digital

on-demand mobility platform.

In his doctoral research, he focused on advanced wireless sensor networks (WSN)

in heterogeneous internet of things applications, bringing near-cloud computing

competencies to the edge of the WSN. He proposed a novel architecture that

implements virtualisation and overlay networks as on-demand applications at the

edge of the WSN enabling a sensor-as-a-service paradigm to shared sensor

systems, thereby improving energy efficiency, communication latencies and

network congestion.

Supervisor: Prof S Sinha

Co-Supervisor: Prof GP Hancke, Jnr

Co-Supervisor: Dr A Abu-Mahfouz


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Abdulrahman, Kamardeen Olajide (PhD)

Kamardeen Olajide Abdulrahman was born in Kaduna, Nigeria, in 1983. He

obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Mechanical Engineering from

the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, in 2008. He further attended

the University of Derby, England, where he obtained a Master of Science (MSc)

degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2014. In February 2017,

he registered for a doctoral degree at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is a registered member of the Council of Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria

(COREN) and currently works as a Lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

The material world faces increasing challenges in dire need of durable materials for

advanced applications. The candidate’s doctoral study focuses on the effect of

deposition parameters and preheating of substrate on the properties of fabricated

titanium aluminide using the laser deposition technique. He carried out an extensive

study on the deposition of titanium aluminide powder (Ti-4822-4 or Ti-Al-Nb-Cr in

prealloyed proportion) on pure titanium (CP-Ti) substrates using three scenarios

(unpreheated, laser preheated and heating-bed preheated substrates). Deposited

samples were characterised through visual observation, microhardness,

microstructure, X-ray diffraction, dry-sliding wear, corrosion and nano-indentation

test for hardness, modulus of elasticity, stiffness and creep. The result outcome

revealed that careful control and increase in energy intensity (most especially

increase in laser power and a reduction in the scanning speed), can totally

eliminate cracks and lead to the production of superior titanium aluminide

composite material suitable for high temperature applications.

Supervisor: Prof ET Akinlabi

Co-Supervisor: Dr RM Mahamood


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Damisa, Uyikumhe (PhD)

Uyikumhe Damsia was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1988. He earned his Senior

Secondary School Certificate in 2005, and obtained his Honours degree in

Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos in 2010. In

2015, he obtained a Masters’ degree from the same university, and enrolled for a

doctoral degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2017. While studying for the

degree, he served the University as tutor, demonstrator, student assistant and

lecturer.

The advancement of energy management techniques paves the way for increased

adoption of renewable energy resources, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of

utilities, communities and countries. In this doctoral research, energy management

models for renewable energy-assisted prosumer microgrids were developed. The

models were formulated as constrained optimisation problems whose solutions

minimise the operating cost of microgrids, while satisfying grid constraints. Using

the models, the use of batteries and dispatchable loads in dealing with the

uncertainty introduced by intermittent renewable energy resources, demand and

prosumers, was explored. The models were validated using test systems, while an

algebraic modelling language solver was used for model validation. Results showed

the positive impact of demand-side participation on the operational economics of a

microgrid. Improvement and implementation of the proposed energy management

strategies would facilitate consumer participation in grid power balancing and, the

integration of renewable energy resources.

Supervisor: Prof NI Nwulu

Co-Supervisor: Prof Y Sun


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Gbadamosi, Saheed Lekan (PhD)

Saheed Lekan Gbadamosi was born in Nigeria in 1985. He obtained the BTech

(Honours) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Ladoke Akintola

University of Technology, Nigeria, in 2009. He obtained an MEng in Power System

Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2014. He enrolled

for a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in 2017. He is

a registered Candidate Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa

(ESCA) and a registered Professional Engineer with the Council of Regulation for

Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). His research interests include power systems

operation and planning, renewable energy optimisation and power quality.

Electricity generation via conventional generating systems grapples with

challenges, including emission of greenhouse gases, uncertainty associated with

fossil fuel prices and incidences of failure or outages of generators. This thesis

investigated a solution methodology that includes high utilisation of offshore

renewable energy sources and the incorporation of economic incentives to

encourage the use of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the thesis

developed optimisation models for improving the power quality and reliability of

power systems with large-scale renewable energy sources. A novel method for

estimating Locational Marginal Prices (LMP) as a function of harmonic power

losses was also developed. The developed technique shows an effective approach

to the minimisation of nodal marginal prices, harmonics and power losses coupled

with grid voltage profile enhancement. Lastly, a reliability framework for the

integration of large-scale renewable energy sources into a power system was

considered with the end result being increased grid dependability and reliability.

Supervisor: Prof NI Nwulu

Co-supervisor: Prof Y Sun


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Mahajan, Sagar Bhaskar (PhD)

Sagar Bhaskar Mahajan was born in India on 25 June 1989. He received the

Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai, India (2011), and a

Master’s in Power Electronics and Drives from the VIT University, India (2014).

Prior to his PhD studies, he was assistant professor at the Marathwada Institute of

Technology, India. His research work related to power electronics, drives and

renewable energy. He is a member of IEEE, including various IEEE societies like

IES and IAS. He is a review member of various journals and conferences including

IEEE and IET. He received the IEEE ACCESS Journal award, Reviewer of the

Month, in January 2019.

Sagar Bhaskar Mahajan started his PhD work related to modelling and circuit

formation of power converters. His work mainly focused on non-isolated

unidirectional power converters and application to renewable energy systems. He

identified design challenges for high voltage converters and derived a novel

configuration based on the multistage concept. He is the first researcher to develop

a new family of power converters called X-Y converter series. The X-Y power

converter family has three classifications: two-stage, three-stage, and N-stage X-Y

power converters. He tested all originally developed circuits in numerical simulation

software and experimentally validated prototypes developed from base. He has

shown his commitment to research by disseminating articles referring to the X-Y

converter family, multilevel and high gain converter.

Supervisor: Prof P Sanjeevikumar

Co-Supervisor: Prof F Blaabjerg


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Mahlobo, Mandlenkosi George Robert (PhD)

Mandlenkosi Mahlobo completed his Chemical Engineering undergraduate studies

at Tshwane University of Technology before enrolling for his MTech studies in

2012. His MTech research was completed cum laude in 2016 producing two

international conference publications. He enrolled for his PhD at the University of

Johannesburg in 2016 and was awarded the NRF Travel Grant to the University of

La Rochelle (France) where he spent 15 months working on his research. His

research has so far produced three conference papers, a Best Presentation Award

at the University of West of Scotland, and he recently submitted three articles for

journal publication.

The rationale behind the research was to establish a reliable method for estimating

and monitoring the corrosion phenomena occurring in buried pipeline steels and to

understand their cathodic protection efficiencies in varying soil environments. The

specifically modified voltammetry technique in combination with electrochemical

impedance spectroscopy and linear polarization resistance used in this study

provided insights into the degradation processes occurring at the steel/electrolyte

interfaces in soil environments. The study approach demonstrated that cathodic

protection effects and the varied wet-dry cycles largely influenced the oxygen mass

transfer mechanism, interfacial pH and electro-capillarity effects that led to the

formation of a pseudo-passive mineral layer covering steel surfaces and the

calcareous deposits that inhibited corrosion. The study revealed that cathodic

protection efficiency was primarily linked to the polarisation level, the properties of

the calcareous deposit, and those of the pseudo-passive oxide layer.

Supervisor: Prof PA Olubambi

Co-Supervisor: Prof P Refait


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Matheri, Anthony Njuguna (PhD)

Anthony Njuguna Matheri was born in June 1986, in Nairobi, Kenya. He received

his Bachelor’s (2014) and Master’s (2016) degrees in Chemical Engineering from

the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. He has been a full-time student

for his PhD in Chemical Engineering at UJ since 2016. Other professional studies

completed by Anthony are Mathematical Modelling (UP-SA and Chongqing

University, China); Machine Learning (Stanford); IP Law and Policy (Penn

University); Renewable Energies (UCT); and Entrepreneurship (Harvard). Anthony

is currently a research coordinator at UJ. His expertise is in green economy,

computational complexity, knowledge management, technology and innovation.

Global population and economic growth has increased waste generation and the

introduction of emerging contaminants into water streams that may pose sanitary

and environmental risks. These contaminants have increased the demand for new

approaches that address emerging pollutant removal in wastewater streams.

Wastewater treatment is inherently a dynamic process because of the large

variation in the influent concentration, flowrates and composition, which makes it

difficult to control the time-varying process parameters. The candidate applied

mass balance equations, the activated sludge model and artificial neural network,

using MATLAB, to predict and forecast the flow rates, the emerging micropollutants

concentration and their composition, biosolids utilisation and sludge

biochar utilisation in wastewater treatment plants. This combined knowledge of the

process dynamics with the prowess of mathematical models for evaluation of

wastewater treatment processes addressed the challenges posed by controlling the

time-varying process parameters.

Supervisor: Prof F Ntuli

Co-Supervisor: Prof JC Ngila

Co-Supervisor: Dr T Seodigeng


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Mwema, Fredrick Madaraka (PhD)

Fredrick Madaraka Mwema was born in the South Eastern region of Kenya. He

received his BSc (First Class Honours) and MSc degrees in Mechanical

Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi,

Kenya, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He then registered for a PhD degree at the

University of Johannesburg in January 2017. Mr Mwema is a registered graduate

mechanical engineer with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and he is currently

an assistant lecturer at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya.

Aluminium thin films are used as metallisation networks in micro-electronic devices

and back contacts in solar cells. This is due to the low cost, high contact

conductivity, low diffusion in silicon and sheet resistance of aluminium. These

applications, however, are limited by microstructural defects. The candidate’s

doctoral study focused on the deposition and characterisation of aluminium films

through radio-frequency magnetron sputtering with the aim of achieving defect-free

films. The films were deposited on various substrates under different sputtering

parameters and characterised for structural, chemical and mechanical properties.

Optimised parameters for depositing films of aluminium via RF magnetron

sputtering were obtained in this study. The study revealed that sputtering aluminium

thin films within low temperature range (slightly below 100 o C) produces structures

with no defects. The study demonstrated, for the first time, that defect-free

sputtered aluminium films exhibit fractal behaviour and that fractal prediction can

improve the sputtering of aluminium thin films.

Supervisor: Prof ET Akinlabi

Co-Supervisor: Dr OP Oladijo


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Sithole, Nastassia Thandiwe (PhD)

Nastassia Thandiwe Sithole was born in April 1991. She is currently a lecturer in

the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering

at UJ and has been a full-time PhD student since July 2016. She has published four

journal articles (two articles in press) and seven conference proceedings.

The candidate’s thesis was on waste valorisation, focusing on the beneficiation of

Basic Oxygen Furnace Slag (BOFS), with the purpose of utilising the material in

remediation of acid mine drainage and for construction applications. To achieve this

application value for BOFS, physico-chemical processing was conducted geared

towards improving the properties of BOFS for the aforementioned applications. The

candidate’s work is novel in that minimal work that has been done on utilisation of

BOFS to produce geopolymers for use as construction blocks that meet the

minimum requirements as per ASTM and South African standards. Furthermore,

the application of these developed geopolymers composites as geo-filters to treat

mine water by neutralisation and removal of metals and sulphates is a novel

concept that contributes to the body of knowledge. The treated mine water in this

study met the minimum statutory limits as stipulated in the South African water

quality guidelines.

Supervisor: Prof F Ntuli

Co-supervisor: Prof FN Okonta


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