Founded in 1992 by Geologist Rowena Hay, Umvoto Africa is an earth sciences consultancy, specializing in environmental resource development, management and sustainability. Our name Umvoto, is the respectful word that Xhosa brides use for water. Key areas of our expertise are groundwater and mineral exploration, environmental planning, geo-hazard assessment and disaster risk management.

Umvoto Africa is BEE Level 1 certified and fully ISO9001-compliant in terms of quality management procedures.


Umvoto – Finalist at the 2015/2016 Open IX Challenge

June 13, 2016


David McGibbon – trainee geologist at Umvoto – and the Comrades Marathon

June 6, 2016


Umvoto and the Riverine Rabbit and Black Jackal Thinking Path

May 31, 2016


Corstorphine and Draper Memorial Medal celebrations

August 3, 2015


Making a difference on Mandela Day

July 13, 2015


Umvoto at Water Resource Management course

May 18, 2015


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Mock-up image of satellite Sentinel-2a platform in space

Umvoto – Finalist at the 2015/2016 Open IX Challenge

May 2016

We are pleased to announce that Umvoto Africa, represented by Michael Hartnady and Alex Kuhudzai in the first round and Chris Hartnady and Eddie Wise in the second and final round, was amongst 12 finalists who presented at the closing event of the Open IX challenge. This challenge, with the theme of ‘Novel Application of Earth Observation’, was owned by Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and organised by the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.… Read the rest

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