Dr Jean-Marc Mwenge Kahinda

CSIR senior researcher

Mwenge Kahinda’s research interests lie in catchment hydrology, water resources management and water engineering, with a special focus on rainwater harvesting as an alternative water source, as well as hydrological modelling.

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Mwenge Kahinda has over a decade of experience in the water sector. During this time he developed expert knowledge in water resources engineering and management and integrated water resources management.  He holds a PhD in water resources engineering and management from the University of the Witwatersrand.  He is an advocate for the use of rainwater harvesting for domestic (rural and urban), industrial and agricultural uses. He has used geographic information systems (GIS) extensively and developed a multi-criteria spatial decision-support system that mainstreams rainwater harvesting in the development and management of water resources in South Africa from an integrated water resources management perspective. Mwenge Kahinda’s skills and expertise are in surface water modelling, water resources management, and integrating catchment water and ecosystem management processes, particularly as it relates to anthropogenic activities such as agriculture. He focuses on practices and technologies that aim to integrate the management of land, water, biodiversity, and other environmental resources to meet human needs while ensuring the long-term sustainability of ecosystem services and livelihoods.

Academic qualifications: 
  • BSc (Eng), Mining Engineering, University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2001
  • MSc (Water Resources Engineering and Management), University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, 2004
  • PhD (Civil Engineering), University of the Witwatersrand, 2010


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