GIS Specialist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7439 (Direct)


  • To provide a mapping service (GIS, GPS and remote sensing) to SASRI (Research and Extension) and stakeholders.
  • To manage databases using relevant software and keeping abreast with technology.
  • Liaise with other researchers to formulate  projects which aim to explore and implement new technologies, and improve the quality of the service.
  • To train SASRI staff in relevant technologies to assist in their field of work.
  • To supervise GIS staff and interns in the office and also in the field


  • Arc GIS server and Portal (WebGIS).
  • GeoDatabase Administration and GIS modelling.
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing.
  • Land Use Planning.

Research Interests

  • Developing a Web GIS system that is accessible to relevant disciplines within the industry.
  • Providing remotely sensed information for proactive decision-making.

Key Outcomes

  • Accurate mapping of sugarcane growing areas.
  • Incorporation of static data into GIS to create models that assist in problem solving and decision making.
  • Efficiency in monitoring operations in research farms and in Extension areas.
  • Accessibility of spatial data to all stakeholders.

Key Publications

Van den Berg M, McElligot DM, Rhodes R, McFarlane SA and Mthembu IB. 2009. SASRI’s monitor farm:Putting theory into practice.  Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 82: 636 – 638

Mthembu IB, Collings KA and Maher GW. 2014. Review of the SASRI geographic information system service. Proc S Afr Sug Technol Ass 87: 126


  • BSc Plant Molecular Biology (Natal)
  • (HDE) Higher Diploma in Education (Natal)
  • BSoc Sci (Hons) Geographical Science (Natal)
  • MSc Environment and Development (UKZN)
  • Certificate: Advanced Remote Sensing, Image Processing and GIS in Natural Resource Management (ITC Enschede)
  • Certificate: Management Development Programme (DUT BSU)