Maggy Momba was born in Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a BA degree in Education, BSc Honours and MSc degrees in Biology, MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology. Currently, she is a Full Research Professor in the Department of Environmental, Water & Earth Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology and a South African National Research Chair Holder of Water Quality and Wastewater Management. Prof Momba conducts research activities on various aspects of water with emphasis on drinking water purification and wastewater management, health-related water microbiology, bioremediation and pollution preventive measures. After 28 years of specializing in the field of water research, she is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C1 Rated Scientist. Prof Momba has over 220 publications. Some of her research achievements include the International Award for “Outstanding Community Support” in 2004, a National Women in Water Award; the Institutional Awards- the Vice Chancellor Senior Research Medal in 2005, Vice-Chancellor Female Senior Researcher of the year in 2012, Innovator of the year in 2012; Adviser - World Health Organisation (Geneva) for Household Drinking Water from 2014; recognised as one of ten 2016 Science Heroes by the Planet Earth Institute. Prof Momba is a member of 13 national and international scientific committees, and reviewer of about 15 refereed journals. Prof. Momba is a mother and a devoted Christian.
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A Modelling and Scenario Approach to Understand Waterborne Pathogen Concentrations in Rivers and Consequent Health Risk
is environmental chemist doing research on the fate of contaminants in the
environment, with a focus on soil, sediments and water. In his field of
research he connects the fate of contaminants with risks and possibilities for
site development. In his research he is looking for equilibrium between the
environmental risks caused by man, the possibility of nature to recover and the
necessity of adding technologies to help nature. Application in developing
countries having low budgets is an extra challenge. In this work scientific
knowledge, common sense and stake holder involvement are important issues.