Simphiwe Enoch Mini

Title: 
Prof

1. WORK EXPERIENCE

Employer

Position

Responsibilities

Dates

University of South Africa(UNISA)

Professor  of Geography

  • Professor and CoD of Department of Geography-UNISA
  • Contribute to an Innovative strategic direction to the Department.
  • Contribute to UNSA’s Strategic Directions as an OdeL Institution.
  • Training and Supervise Post-graduate Students.
  • Development, Implementation and Revision of Broader Curriculum for the Department of Geography.
  • Lead and contribute to innovative research in the department
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to junior colleagues

2017--to date

 

2010—to date

Employer

Position

Responsibilities

Dates

Department of Science and Technology

Chief Director

  1. Provide Strategic Leadership for the Chief Directorate: Science and Technology for Social Impact.
  2. Defined the scope of activities for the Chief Directorate, developed an M&E System, and submitted Quarterly and Annual reports on activities as required.
  3. Established and defined responsibilities of the three Directorates for new Chief Directorate.
  4. Ensure efficient and effective management of financial resources within the framework of PFMA and human resources for the Chief Directorate.
  5. Establish a network of partnerships with various government departments and public institutions for deployment of science and technology to accelerate service delivery.
  6. Provide inputs of the Chef Directorate to the:
    1. ENE (Estimate National Expenditure)
    2. Inputs to the Corporate Strategy
    3. Inputs to the Department Business Plan
    4. Inputs to Quarterly and Annual Reports
    5. Inputs to Bid-submission to National Treasury.
    6. Submits reports as required by the Department’s M&E processes.
  7. Provide strategic support to the DDG, DG and Ministers and prepare and submit reports to Parliamentary Portfolio Committee.
  8. Developed an effective communication strategy for intended beneficiaries.
  9. When necessary represented the DDG at Government Cluster meetings.

2005

2009

Human Sciences Research Council

Chief Research Specialist

  1. Developed Research Programmes aligned to Government MTSF and other strategic government priorities.
  2. Developed Research projects that are addressing national priorities including service delivery and national development priorities.
  3. Mentoring and providing research support to junior researcher, assisting colleagues to complete Masters and PhD research projects. 
  4. Ensure effective management of research funds and provide strategic leadership to research teams.
  5. Liaise the international and national donor agencies to ensure sustainability of research projects.
  6.  Ensure effective M&E is in place for all projects activities.

2001

2005

University of Fort Hare.

 

 

Professor and Head of Department

  1. Provided academic and professional leadership for the department, provided support to junior colleagues.
  2. Developed and Implemented course materials for MSc and MPhl in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development Studies.
  3. Ensured good and appropriate quality of academic (content modules) and research programmes, are implemented.
  4. Identified appropriate scholarships and bursaries for the needy students.
  5.  Ensured effective and efficient management of financial resources allocated.
  6. External Examiner for number of universities including Rhodes University, University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Namibia and University of Zululand.

 

1995

2001

University of Fort Hare

Vice-Dean Faculty of Science

  1. Coordinate and manage research programmes for the 13 academic departments in Science Faculty.
  2. Manage budget allocation.
  3. Ensure implementation of effective monitoring and evaluation system to monitor expenditure and implementation of in Science Faculty Programmes.
  4. Ensure implementation of good quality research  in Science Faculty ad liaise the stakeholders to ensure dissemination of research output.

2000

2001

University of Fort Hare

Senior Lecturer

  1. Ensured the implementation of appropriate and good quality academic programme.
  2. Ensured continued improvement of academic modules and provided hands-on support to students.
  3. identified new research areas that would attract funding and provided opportunities for students to obtain bursaries.

1994

1995

University of Fort Hare

Lecturer

  1. Ensured effective teaching and guidance to students.
  2. Provided support both to students and senior academic staff
  3. Ensured continuous improvement of the contents of modules taught.

 

1987

1994

University of Fort Hare

Senior Laboratory Assistant

  1. Provided all required laboratory equipments including map analysis, soils and water testing kits and relevant instruments.
  2. Guided students with experiments and results analysis skills. 

1984

1986

University of Fort Hare

Laboratory Assistant

1. Prepare all required laboratory equipment and developed materials as required.

1982

1984

 

1.1. Advisor to Public Funded Institutions:

Institution

Position

Responsibilities

Dates

Municipality Demarcation Board

Advisor to Chairman of the Municipality Demarcation Board

Review Applications and Request for Municipal Demarcations and Applications from Municipalities to be Metropolitan Municipalities

2014--2016

National Research Foundation

Advise National Research Foundation on Thuthuka Applications

Review Applications and make recommendation regarding Thuthuka Funding Applications

2014—to present day

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Advisor to the CEOic Planning and Represent Department of Science and Technology in HSRC Strategic Planning

Advise Human Sciences Research Council and Represented Department of Science and Technology to ensure alignment to government priorities.

2006-2009

 

 

 

 

 

1.2. Other Positions

Place

Position

Responsibilities

Dates

Oxford University, United Kingdom

Post-Graduate Research Student

  1. Undertaken Research for a PhD programme.
  2. Presented seminars on research projects

 

1990-1991

Swansea University-Wales-United Kingdom

Visiting Professor-Development Studies

  1. Presented seminars an tutorials to post-graduate students.
  2.  Continued with post-graduate research.

1996

Ben-Gurion University-Israel

Post-Graduate Research Student

  1. Post-graduate research work.

 

1994

University XParis- Paris France

Visiting Research Professor

1. A visiting Associate Professor, gave lectures, seminars and tutorials.

1997

 

2. QUALIFICATIONS

Qualification

University\Institution

Year

Research Project

PhD degree

University of Fort Hare\Oxford University

1994

Land Tenure Systems and Implications for  Land Use Southern Eastern Countries

MSc degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences

University of Fort Hare

1987

Rural Economy and Environmental Degradation

B.A. Hons. Degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences

University of Fort Hare

1984

Environmental Sciences; Sustainable Development and Natural resources Management

Higher Education Diploma

University of Fort Hare

1982

 

B.A Degree

 

1981

 

2.1. Other Qualifications: Certificates of Courses Completed

  • Project Management and Project Planning Systems
  • Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures, Processes and Policy Issues
  • Remote Sensing and Satellite Applications for Natural Resources Management.:

2.2. Research Interests:

  •  Urban Development and Urban Growth, Urban Planning in Post-Apartheid South Africa.
  • Urban Planning for Green Economy, Smart Cities and Challenges for Developing Countries.
  • Innovative Methods and Technologies to accelerate  and enhance government service delivery programmes.
  • Social innovation and grassroots innovation for sustainability.
  • Food Security, Inequalities and Gender and Poverty issues.
  • The nature and role of Developmental State as an instrument for developmental challenges in developing countries.
  • Sustainable Utilisation of Environmental\Natural Resources for Economic Growth and Development.
  • Social Impact Climate Change in development and growth.
  • Industrial and domestic Waste Recycling\Management for employment creation and economic growth.

2.3. Professional Areas of Interests:

  • Wildlife Management for Employment Creation and Economic Growth.
  • Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development (Land and Water Resources and Wildlife Management)
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Policy Development in areas of: Community Infrastructure Development including: Water Resources; Rural Transport

3. MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

  1.  A member of Advisory Committee to MDB-2014-2017
  2. President of South African Geographical and Environmental Sciences: 1997-2001
  3. Member of South African Geographical Society. Todate
  4. Member of South African Sociological Society.: Todate
  5. Board Member of South African Indigenous Knowledge Systems: 2003-2005

4. PROJECTS LEADERSHIP:

  1. Innovative Applications of Technologies for Accelerating Delivery of Water Services in Rural Villages and in Dense Informal Settlements in partnership with CSIR, WRC and HSRC: 2008-ongoing
  2. Innovative Applications of Technologies for Low Cost Housing Development -2008--ongoing
  3. Poverty Indicators and Grassroots Innovations for Poverty Alleviation partnership with HSRC and Presidency: A Contribution to government Anti-Poverty Strategy 2008
  4. Land Tenure Systems, Land use Planning and Land degradation in Southern African Countries: A Project funded by Global Environmental Facility and HSRC: 2005

5. ACADEMIC AND COMMISIONED COMPLETED PROJECTS:

  1. Measuring Poverty and Inequality in South Africa  2005
  2. South Africa’s Land Reform Programme and Sustainability of Joint Venture Schemes 2004
  3.  Employment Trends 1981-2004 in South Africa’s Commercial Agriculture 2004
  4. Rural Economy  and Sustainable Development: The Wild Coast Rural Economy –2003
  5.  The Impact of Land Tenure Reform on Labour Tenancy in South Africa: 2003
  6.  Rural Micro-Finance for Rural Development -Policy Implication for South Africa ---2001
  7.  South Africa’s Land Restitution Programme: Future Haunted by the Past: 2001
  8. Land Reform and Implications for African Forms of Land Tenure Systems: 2001
  9.  Land Tenure Systems, Land use Planning and Land degradation in Southern African Countries: A Project Funded by Canadian Development Agency (CIDA) 1997-1998

6. RESEARCH PROJECTS PUBLISHED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Simphiwe E Mini 2000: Implications of National Environmental. Management Act on Community--based Management Natural  Resources
  2.  Simphiwe E Mini 2001: Water Resources and Quality Management in rural villages in the Eastern Cape.
  3.  Simphiwe E Mini 2000: Land Redistribution and Environmental Issues in SA. In Regional Land Cover Changes, Sustainable Agriculture and their Interactions with Global Change. V Ravichandran (ed). universities Press.
  4. Simphiwe E Mini & Scott Drimie 2004: Food Security and Policy. Implications for Southern African Countries: HSRC Quarterly Review  2004.

 

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