Dr. Musa Manzi is a Senior Researcher and Director of the Wits Seismic Research Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The first black South African to obtain a doctorate in geophysics was promoted to associate professor in the School of Geosciences at Wits University on Monday, March 11. Dr Musa Manzi, 35, will return to South Africa later this month from Sweden where he is teaching international masters’ students at Uppsala University about African mineral resources.
Coming from rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, Musa Manzi faced abject poverty while growing up. He had to sleep in the laboratory when he was a student at Wits University. But despite all these obstacles, Dr. Manzi still qualified with a PhD in Geophysics.
Prof. Musa Manzi, senior researcher at the Wits School of Geosciences, has won the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth and Ocean Science, in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Honours Programme.
Wits University has received a cash injection that it says will help tackle the significant skills shortage in the geophysics and petroleum engineering fields.
Shell SA has invested R5 million over a five-year period to help create a Seismology Reflection Centre at Wits.