Asisipho Ernest completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Western Cape with a BSc Applied Geology, where he obtained critical theoretical knowledge in geochemistry, structural, economic and exploration geology. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he enrolled in the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) postgraduate programme to understand the importance of integrating disciplines in water resources management and having a holistic approach in resource management. In the process, he acquired practical and theoretical knowledge in stakeholder engagement, research, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), aquatic systems and environmental management, where he majored in water quality management and river health. Throughout his career, he has accumulated skills in software such as ArcGIS, QGIS, Maptek, and AquaChem.
Asisipho is a registered Candidate Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) in the water resources science field. He has spent a year with the Department of Public Works and infrastructure as a junior level water specialist where he employed his water resources management skills, particularly in water quality management, in water and wastewater treatment works and other water infrastructure projects. He later joined the Future Water Research Institute, through the Water Research Commission’s graduate employment programme (WRC GEP), assisting in research, data acquisition and analysis, and in field work inclusive of groundwater monitoring and community engagement. In August of 2022 he joined the Umvoto family as a Hydrogeology Intern, where he got involved in the City of Cape town’s New Water Programmes.
Asi, as he is known at Umvoto, likes the outdoors and thus enjoys fieldwork and the beautiful natural surroundings. He enjoys learning new skills, particularly in application software, which he teaches himself from time to time.