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Durban University of Technology

Durban University of Technology

 The Durban University of Technology was formed through the merger of ML Sultan Technikon and Technikon Natal on 1 April 2002 to form the then Durban Institute of Technology. 

In order to further streamline and harmonise the academic activities of all tertiary institutions in South Africa, the Department of Education recommended additional restructuring to ensure that South Africa’s tertiary education institutions were able to position themselves against global benchmarks to attract the finest students and staff; to provide a complete set of practical and academic campuses; to offer an optimal mix of academic and vocational qualifications; and to provide for the development of skills required by the country. The former technikons were redesignated universities of technology. In line with this development, the Durban Institute of Technology formally changed its name to the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in March 2006. The impetus of the name change was to align DIT with the rest of the technology higher education sector which has adopted the new nomenclature.


As a university of technology, DUT continues to prioritise the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring, amongst others, that its academic staff possess the highest possible qualification that they can get. Consequently, the University is working towards ensuring that all academic staff attain the minimum of a Master's degree in accordance with the benchmarks and criteria set by the Department of Higher Education and Training to be reached by universities of technology. 


Currently (2016), the Durban University of Technology has 27 661 students, 1 099 postgraduate students as well as 581 international students.

The Durban University of Technology's website can be accessed at 

Thematic priority of the University: Water Resource Management and Pollution treatment

The educational programmes, which the university offers to the partner NU universities in the framework of the thematic priorities of BRICS NU


Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology

Director of Institute: Prof Faizal Bux,

Tel +27 31 3732597


Web address:   

IWWT is an established Research Niche area of Wastewater Technology. The  primary research areas within IWWT are: wastewater treatment, bioremediation, algal biofuels research and biotechnology, constructed wetlands/rhizofiltration and Bioenergy The Institute only offers masters and doctoral programs (full project only) focusing on all aspects of wastewater treatment, environmental health, biotechnology, chemistry and relevant engineering disciplines. Postgraduate students are registered in the academic departments but conduct their research projects in the Institute. 


SARChI Chair

Professor Thor Axel Stenström

Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology

Tel: +27313716703

Email :

DUT is a host of the first SARChI (South African Research Chair Initiative) in Development and Optimization of WasteWater Treatment Technology for Developing Economies. The SARChI Research Chair will assist the University in increasing its research capacity and contribute to the Human Resource Capital Development of the country and assist the University in driving its Research Strategy. Prof Stenstrom has worked at “the inter-phase” between health and environmental questions, with a focus on Water and Sanitation. He has gained an international reputation in the areas of risk assessment and health-related environmental issues. His work included assessments of the barrier functions of water and wastewater processes in large and small-scale treatment, questions related to emergency response and multidisciplinary applied research, where technology and health impact relates to the agricultural as well as social fields. 


Water Resource Management

Dr Bloodless Dzwairo

Research, Grants Administrator

Tel : +27 31 373 2423

Email :

Dr Bloodless Dzwairo, uses a suite of multi-disciplined environmental sustainability components of Integrated Water Resources Management in her Water Research Group, which comprises Masters and Doctoral students. In Ugu District Municipality and uMngeni basin, the group is focusing on; Optimising Inanda Dam’s operational rule curves, Modelling ecosystem-specific water quality indices, Predicting treatment chemical dosages and water usage analysis, and Accounting for water losses in Umdoni Local Municipality using a business model. Dr Dzwairo is also involved in a collaborative Water Research Commission project that is investigating various aspects of IWRM in uMngeni sub-Basin. 


Environmental health

Dr Poovendhree Reddy

Senior Lecturer: Environmental Health

Tel : +27 31 373 2808

Email :

Dr Poovendhree Reddy’s main areas of interest include public health with emphasis on genetic epidemiology; epigenetics; maternal and child health; and water management and quality related to health risk assessment. She is a co-leader on the Medical Research Council Flagship project (Maternal Health) and a team member of the Water Research Niche area at DUT.


Applied Biotechnology

Dr Feroz Mahomed Swalaha

Senior Lecturer: Biotechnology & Food Technology

Tel : +27 31 373 2689

Email :

Dr Feroz Mahomed Swalaha has worked extensively in the fields of biological wastewater treatment with the aid of mathematical modelling. Dr Swalaha is currently working on modelling anaerobic digestion with genetic algorithms, applying constructed wetlands to urban water treatment and algal scrubbing of CO2 emissions from waste industrial gases. He also maintains an interest in developing new technologies for the treatment of water-borne pathogens and surveying of pathogens such as Legionella spp in domestic settings.


Chemical Engineering

Dr Manimagalay Chetty

HOD: Chemical Engineering

Tel : +27 31 373 2384

Email :

Dr Chetty’s current research focus areas are water and wastewater treatment, renewable energy, application of airlift reactors, fluid hydrodynamics mathematical modelling, viz neural networks and computational fluid dynamics, and engineering education. One of her main focus areas is alternate sustainable energy sources which uses wastewater treatment as a basis. The production of biogas from domestic and industrial wastewater forms a major part of her current research.


Chemical Engineering

Prof. Paul Musonge

Associate Professor: Chemical Engineering

Tel : +27 31 373 2218

Email : 

Professor P. Musonge, developed an interest in water research as a result of water scarcity especially in developing countries and the global need to protect the environment from contaminated industrial effluents. The Water Research Institute at DUT is providing a platform to pursue research in this area and to contribute to the development of human capacity in the management of industrial water resources and environment pollution. Hi research focus includes Development of Point of Use (POU) treatment technologies using locally produced photo-catalysts and membranes for river water in rural communities. The use of organic coagulants in the treatment of sugar refinery effluents and Optimization of water utilization in the purification of biodiesel.


Chemical Engineering

Dr Sudesh Rathilal

Senior Lecturer: Chemical Engineering,

Tel : +27 31 373 2498

Email :

Dr Rathilal’s main focus area has been in the treatment of water and waste water using membrane technology. Current water related projects include: Investigation of the removal of oil and organic solvents in water using different technologies, Development and evaluation of flux enhancement strategies for woven fibre membranes,  Development of a small water treatment system for removal of fluoride,  Development and evaluation of small scale water disinfection system,  Optimization of the woven fibre – immersed membrane bio reactor,  Evaluation of various process options for reclamation of municipal wastewater to potable water,  Treatment and reuse of textile effluent using membrane technology,  Performance of a horizontal roughing filtration system in treatment of greywater



Name:      Prof Faizal Bux (ITG Member)

Position:  Director: Institute of Water and Waste     


Tel:          +27 31 373 2597


Name:      Dr Lavern Samuels (University Coordinator)

Position:  Senior Director: International Education and Partnerships


Tel:          +27 31 373 5474


Name:      Dr Strinivasan Pillay (University Coordinator)   

Position   Specialist: International Education and Partnerships


Tel:          +27 31 373 5605


Name:      DR Paul Green  (University Coordinator)

Position:  Deputy Dean : Accounting and Informatics


Tel:          +27 31 373 6025