Sihle Mlonyeni


Listen to Sihle explain her research in English & isiXhosa here.

Name of degree: Master of Environmental Management

Dissertation title: Influence of Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge on the Water Quality of the Veldwachters River, Western Cape

I’m originally from the Eastern Cape, but I grew up in Cape Town (Western Cape, South Africa). I now live in Kuils River. I started at CPUT in 2014 and hope to graduate with my Master’s at the end of 2021.

My study is focused on the ecological effects of the Veldwachters River. I look at the physiochemical properties, microplastic occurrence and ecotoxicology of both the effluent and receiving river water.

… remember why you started ..

The best part of my CPUT journey has been being accepted to study at CPUT in the first place. And I consider it an achievement to be able to work on my own, to analyse and collect research data and learn new things.

I would love to see CPUT improve by having it introduce more languages than just the three used currently. 

My advice to other students is to work hard and never give up. Every time you wish to give up, remember why you started, and as the late Nelson Mandela said, “It all seems impossible until its done”.

Listen to Sihle explain her research in English & isiXhosa here.