Network Management & Steering Group
Associate Professor Jennifer Broadhurst, Pr. Sci. Nat. (PhD)Director
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Associate Professor Jennifer Lee Broadhurst
Deputy Director, Minerals to Metals Initiative
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cape Town
Associate Professor Jennifer Broadhurst, Pr. Sci. Nat. (PhD)
A/Prof Jennifer Broadhurst is Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary Minerals to Metals initiative at UCT (http://www.mineralstometals.uct.ac.za/). With 30 years’ experience spanning the mining industry and academia, she is passionate about research and education on environmental and other sustainability issues relevant to the minerals sector, with a special interest in developing inter- and trans-disciplinary capacity towards addressing concerns like mine dust.
To date Jennifer has: supervised 16 masters and 28 honours-level graduates; published 3 book chapters, 19 accredited journal articles and 13 peer-reviews conference papers; presented/co-presented 73 papers at local and international conferences; written in excess of 100 technical reports. In 2017, Jennifer played a lead role in an international workshop on Operationalizing The SDGs in the Extractive Industries, hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (21 Sept 2017), and was an invited session panel member at the Strategic Materials for a Low-Carbon Future: From Resource Scarcity to Availability conference, hosted by the Veolia Institute and the Oxford Martin School (Oxford, 2-3 November 2017). In 2018, she will be co-convening a session on Mining Water Policy and Stewardship in the Developing Context at the Resources for the Future conference (Vancouver, 16-21 June 2018) and giving a key-note address at the CIM/UQAT Mines and the Environment conference (Rouyn-Noranda,17-20 July, 2018), focusing on the development of resource-efficient approaches for the management of sulfidic mine waste.
- Associate Professor: Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT
- Deputy Director: Minerals to Metals Initiative, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT
- Theme Leader (Maximising Value): Future Water Institute, UCT
- Co-convener: Master of Philosophy programme specializing in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, UCT
- Chief Research Officer: Minerals to Metals, UCT (2 years)
- Contractual Research Officer: Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT (14 years)
- Consulting process and environmental chemist: JLB consultancy (15 years)
- Principal Research Metallurgist: Billiton Pty Ltd (10 years)
- Scientist: Process Chemistry Division, Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa (4 years)
Amaral Filho, J.R., Weiler J., Broadhurst J.L., and Schneider I.A.H. The use of static and humidity cells tests to assess the effectiveness of coal waste desulfurization on acid rock drainage risks. Mine Water Environ, 36: 4329-435, 2017.
Munyongani, V., von Blottnitz, H. and Broadhurst, J.L. A life-cycle based review of sulfur dioxide abatement installations in the South African platinum group metal sector. Sustainability Science, Special feature: Sustainability Science for Meeting Africa’s Challenges. Available on line 19 August 2017.
Broadhurst J.L. Mine Waste: From Problem to Opportunity. In: Hanri Mostert, Cheri-Leigh Young & Dee Bradshaw (eds), Waste & Wealth: New Views on the By Products of Mining, Juta Law (ISBN 978 1 48512 010 0): 24-25, 2016.
Broadhurst J.L., Harrison S.T.L., Petersen J., Franzidis J-P and Bradshaw, D. A Research and Education Framework to Support the Development of a Sustainable and Socially Responsible Mining Industry in Africa. In: Devasahayan, Dowling & Mahaptra (eds), Sustainability in Minerals and Energy Sectors, Taylor & Francis (ISBN: 978-1-4987-3302-1), Chapter 29: 559-572, 2016.
Shahieda Adams, (PhD)Co-Director
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Senior Lecturer Shahieda Adams
Clinical Director, Occupational Medicine Clinic
Division of Occupational Medicine
University of Cape Town
Shahieda Adams, (PhD)
Dr Shahieda Adams is Clinical Director of the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT. An active founding member of the mine dust networking group, she is an experienced occupational health specialist who spans both academia and government, with a joint appointment at UCT and the Western Cape Dept of Health. Her skills in occupational medicine, epidemiology and occupational health policy formulation will be essential to the network’s success.
She has had a long association with the University of Cape Town, where she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training in occupational Medicine. She is currently a jointly appointed Grade 2 Occupational Medicine specialist employed by the Western Cape Department of Health and UCT. She is the Chief consultant at the Occupational Medicine clinic at Groote Schuur hospital where a diagnostic and clinical service is provided to assist ex-mineworkers with occupational lung disease and also chairs the Review Committee for the Qhubeka Trust which is engaged in assessment and compensation of mineworkers with silicosis and silico-tuberculosis. Prior to this she has performed work for the Asbestos Relief Trust and has been involved in a number of research and capacity development activities relating to the health effects of mine dust and right to compensation for mineworkers. Shahieda is actively engaged in capacity development in her discipline and chairs the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Council for Public health Medicine in the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). She was the Convenor of the 2018 Fellowship exams in occupational medicine run by the CMSA.
Her current teaching responsibilities is that of Convenor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and she is Asst-convener of the Masters of Medicine (Occupational Medicine). In addition she teaches on the Environmental Health Module (Masters in Public Health) at UCT and the Public Health and Environmental module of the MPhil Cancer Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Within the faculty she also teaches at undegraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently Shahieda is supervising : 2 masters and 3 PhD students and has graduated 17 Postgraduate Diplomas in Occupational Health ; published 5 book chapters, 12 accredited journal articles and 15 peer-reviewed conference papers; presented/co-presented at local and international conferences; written 20 technical reports. In 2018, Shahieda co-authored the position paper for the International Commission on Occupational health ”the ICOH Statement on Preventing TB among Health Workers” that was presented at the ICOH conference in May in Dublin.
- Senior Lecturer: Division of Occupational Medicine, UCT
- Clinical Director: Occupational Medicine, GSH/UCT
- Convenor: Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health, UCT
- Assistant convener: Master of Medicine programme specializing in Occupational Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine , UCT
- Occupational Medical Practitioner: City of Cape Town (3 years)
- Medical Advisor and Senior Manager: Qualsa@Work; Metropolitan Health Risk Management (2 years)
- Doctoral Research Fellow: Lung Infection and Immunity Unit and Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Research (5 years)
- Registrarship in Occupational Medicine: Division of Occupational Medicine (4 years)
- Independent occupational health practitioner and consultant (4 years)
- Scientific Officer: Industrial Health Reasrch Group, UCT (2 years)
Grobler L, Mehtar S, Dheda K, Adams S, Babatunde S, van der Walt M, Osman M. The epidemiology of tuberculosis in health care workers in South Africa: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research (2016) 16:416 DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1601-5
Adams S, Ehrlich R, Baatjies R, van Zyl-smit RN, Hartley QS, Dawson R and Dheda KD. Incidence of occupational latent tuberculosis infection in South African health care workers. European Respiratory Journal 2015. DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00138414
Ngajilo D, Adams S. Jeebhay MF. Occupational allergy and asthma in tobacco farmers: a review of literature. Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology. June 2018. Vol 31 (2): 2-9
Ehrlich R, Adams S, Manjra S, Mokoena T, Jeebhay MF. Fate of outstanding COIDA occupational disease claims following closure of the Western Cape Provincial Medical Advisory Panel in 2008 – an audit. Occ Health Southern Africa, 21(6);6-10, 2015
Adams S, Burdzik A, Jeebhay M. How to claim compensation for work-related injuries or diseases. In Mash B and Blitz J eds. South African Family Practice Manual. 3rd edition, Van Schaik Publishers, Pretoria, 2015,161:542-548. ISBN: 9780627031236
Adams S, Ehrlich R, Ismail N, Quail Z, Jeebhay MF. Occupational health challenges facing the Department of Health: Protecting employees against tuberculosis and caring for former mineworkers with occupational lung disease. In: Padarath A, English R, editors, South African Health view 2012/13. Durban: Health Systems Trust; 2013, 5:67-82 (ISBN 978-1-919839-73-8)
Jarand J, Shean K, O’ Donnell M, Loveday M, Kvasnovsky C, Van der Walt M, Adams S, Willcox P et al. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) among health care workers in South Africa. Tropical Medicine and International Health (2010). 15(10): 1179-1184.
Johanna R von Holdt, (PhD)Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town
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Postdoctoral research fellow, Minerals to Metals Initiative
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cape Town
Johanna R von Holdt, (PhD)
Dr Johanna von Holdt, a UCT postdoctoral research fellow specialising in various aspects of mine dust. As the UCT mine dust networking group co-ordinator, Dr von Holdt is perfectly placed to coordinate the GCRF Mine Dust and Health Network activities, play an active role in Network discussions and activities, and to subsequently help to implement research directives that result from the Network.
Her research career developed during her time at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria where she was involved in several research studies on soils and materials for road construction. She also wrote and implemented the ISO17025 quality system in the Built Environment lab at the CSIR. Johanna built on her research experience by pursuing her postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and completed her MPhil in 2013 during which she shifted her focus to aeolian mechanisms, processes and impacts. She has developed several successful collaborations during her time at UCT, including providing expertise on the influence of soils and aeolian processes on spatial vegetative patterning as part of a research team based in Biosciences, lecturing on soils in Landscape Architecture, and facilitating the Honour’s field trip in Geology.
- Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
- Candidate researcher/technician, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) (2 years)
- Research Laboratory Technician, Texas Transportation Institute (part of Texas A&M University system) (3 years)
- Mineral Services Technician and Chemical Trade Analyst, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) South Africa (5 years)
von Holdt, J.R. and Eckardt, F.D., 2018. Dust activity and surface sediment characteristics of the dustiest river in southern Africa: the Kuiseb River, Central Namib. South African Geographical Journal, 100(1), pp.104-121.
von Holdt, J.R., Eckardt, F.D. and Wiggs, G.F.S., 2017. Landsat identifies aeolian dust emission dynamics at the landform scale. Remote Sensing of Environment, 198, pp.229-243.
Cramer, M.D., von Holdt, J.R. and Midgley, J.J., 2019. Causes of landscape mega-ripples: The kommetjies of South Africa. Geoderma, 340, pp.25-37.
Cramer, M.D., von Holdt, J.R., Uys, V.M. and Midgley, J.J., 2017. The present and likely past climatic distribution of the termite Microhodotermes viator in relation to the distribution of heuweltjies. Journal of Arid Environments, 146, pp.35-43.
Cramer, M.D., Von Holdt, J., Khomo, L. and Midgley, J.J., 2016. Evidence for aeolian origins of heuweltjies from buried gravel layers. South African Journal of Science, 112(1-2), pp.01-10.
Eckardt, F.D., Livingstone, I., Seely, M. and Von Holdt, J., 2013. The surface geology and geomorphology around Gobabeb, Namib Desert, Namibia. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 95(4), pp.271-284.
Dr Jewette Masinja, (PhD)Steering Group Member
Dr Jewette Masinja is a senior lecturer at the School of Mines, University of Zambia (UNZA). He has held positions within the Zambian mining industry and government and was responsible for preparing current regulations governing environmental protection in the mining sector in Zambia
Dr Jewette Masinja, (PhD)
Dr Jewette Masinja is a senior lecturer at the School of Mines, University of Zambia (UNZA). He has held positions within the Zambian mining industry and government and was responsible for preparing current regulations governing environmental protection in the mining sector in Zambia. He continues to consult to the national Zambian government, and industry in both Namibia and Zambia, on environmental management policy, legislation and practice in the context of mining. With this cross-cutting experience, Dr Masinja will bring a broad range of perspectives on the pollution impacts, management and governance of mine dust to this Network. He is also in a strong position to help to expand the network, to provide student mentoring; and to participate in further collaborative funding applications and programmes.
Professor Giles WiggsSTEERING GROUP MEMBER
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Prof Giles Wiggs is a desert geomorphologist at University of Oxford, UK, specialising in the physical processes controlling how dust is transported by the wind (aeolian sediment transport), including using modelling to determine the role of vegetation, moisture, topography and human activity in the mobilisation of dust.
Professor Giles Wiggs
Prof Giles Wiggs is a desert geomorphologist at University of Oxford, UK, specialising in the physical processes controlling how dust is transported by the wind (aeolian sediment transport), including using modelling to determine the role of vegetation, moisture, topography and human activity in the mobilisation of dust. His projects span Africa, Central Asia, Middle East and Australia and he has led international research teams funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (UK), South African National Science Foundation, Medecins sans Frontieres and the British Council. He has made great effort to determine the relative importance of atmospheric and terrestrial controls on dust and the impact of dust on respiratory health. Prof Wiggs will bring considerable experience and expertise to the network on several research areas, including source identification, monitoring and measurement, practices of dust control and mitigation and impacts on community health.
Dr Matthew Baddock, (PhD)STEERING GROUP MEMBER
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Dr Matthew Baddock, of Loughborough University, UK, brings to the Network crucial expertise related to dust production and wind erosion problems from human alteration of landscapes, such as mines.
Dr Matthew Baddock, (PhD)
Dr Matthew Baddock, of Loughborough University, UK, brings to the Network crucial expertise related to dust production and wind erosion problems from human alteration of landscapes, such as mines. He is using satellite imagery to identify sources of dust and dust plumes, which provides a means to determine downwind locations and populations most vulnerable to active sources of dust. Dr Baddock is an early career researcher who has been a lecturer at Loughborough University since 2014. His involvement with this Network will provide important opportunities for his career development and further strengthen ties between young researchers at southern African and UK universities.
Dr Mazimkhulu Zungu, (PhD)STEERING GROUP MEMBER
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Dr Mazimkhulu Zungu is a Public Health specialist and senior lecturer in the School of Health Systems and Public Health of the University of Pretoria. He currently also holds the post of Acting Director, National Institute of Occupational Health.
Dr Mazimkhulu Zungu, (PhD)
Dr Mazimkhulu Zungu is a Public Health specialist and senior lecturer in the School of Health Systems and Public Health of the University of Pretoria. He currently also holds the post of Acting Director, National Institute of Occupational Health. He has a strong interest in occupational health of mineworkers, having previously been a Director in the Medical Bureau of Occupational Diseases and Assistant Compensation Commissioner in the office of the Compensation Commissioner for Occupational diseases. He has published extensively on the problem of TB as an occupational risk of health workers, for which work he provided input into technical reports for the World Health Organization. He has also contributed to technical reports focussing on TB in the mining industry for the World Bank, South African Development Community and the National Institute for Occupational Health. His current research will focus on TB in a silica-exposed workforce, an important and under-researched area. His work has supported advocacy for improving the occupational health of vulnerable workers in the mining and health sector through effective mitigation and control of occupational exposures. With his expertise, Dr Zungu will assist with designing strategic research directions related to silica exposure and the factors associated with silicosis and tuberculosis among miners.
Dr Brian ChicksenSTEERING GROUP MEMBER
Dr Brian Chicksen, former Vice President Group Sustainability: Health & EVP Support for AngloGold Ashanti and now Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town, has a medical background as a Specialist Physician, and his current accountabilities include leading the global health portfolio, as well as design of the AngloGold Ashanti sustainability strategic framework and enabling its implementation across the business.
Dr Brian Chicksen
Dr Brian Chicksen, former Vice President Group Sustainability: Health & EVP Support for AngloGold Ashanti and now Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town, has a medical background as a Specialist Physician, and his current accountabilities include leading the global health portfolio, as well as design of the AngloGold Ashanti sustainability strategic framework and enabling its implementation across the business. AngloGold Ashanti is a multinational gold mining business with operations in nine countries across four continents. Dr Chicksen will bring a mining industry perspective to the network and, with his experience relating to dust management within the industry, will assist in shaping actions towards practical solutions. With his senior executive experience, and as core member of the network steering group, he will also play a key role in shaping the strategic direction and approach of the network as it evolves.
A/Professor Helen MacDonaldSTEERING GROUP MEMBER
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A/Professor Helen MacDonald is a health anthropologist at UCT with a special interest in the social markers of TB, including within a mining context.
A/Professor Helen MacDonald
A/Professor Helen MacDonald is a health anthropologist at UCT with a special interest in the social markers of TB, including within a mining context. Professor MacDonald has received a Wellcome Trust International Engagement Award for a multidisciplinary curatorial project on TB in South Africa, entitled Swallowing the World, which sets out to narrate and distil the intricate social, political and ethical issues related to TB to a general audience. With her experience on this project and general anthropological expertise, she will play a key role in community engagement and in understanding how any health interventions to come out of the network should be managed in order to be implementable. For some of A/Prof Macdonald’s work in the area of TB and mine dust, click here.