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Who we are

Simone Liefferink

Years of experience: 9 Years

Qualifications: M.Sc. Environmental Sciences 

Countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia

Specialist skills: Water Quality, Freshwater Ecosystem and Services Management (ground- & surface water), Project Management, Environmental Licencing, Auditing, Systems, National & International Reporting, Biodiversity Management, Wetland Identification & Management.

Publications & Conferences: 

Liefferink SL, van Eeden ES and Wepener V. 2017. Past, present and future use of municipal water and freshwater resources of the Bekkersdal Community, Westonaria, South Africa. Journal of Sustainable Development Energy, Water and Environment Systems, volume 5, pp 430-446. 

Liefferink SL, van Eeden ES and Wepener V. 2015. Determining attainable ecological quality requirements for the Upper Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment, based on human community requirements: The case of Bekkersdal (MSc Dissertation North West University).

Liefferink SL, Tate RB, van Vuren JHJ, Ferreira M and Malherbe W. 2014. A comparison of methods for incubating zooplankton diapausing eggs from sediment of endorheic pans in the Free State, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science, pp 417-423. 

Liefferink M and Liefferink SL. 2014. Current reclamation of historical uraniferous tailings dams and sand dumps – exacerbating the mess or minimizing the mining footprint? 

Case studies within the Witwatersrand goldfields. In: Merkel BJ and Alireza A (eds), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology, Freiburg, Germany, pp 387-400.

5th National Multidisciplinary Ecohealth and Well-being Research Forum Conference 2014, Parys, South Africa  

Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists: Water Resource Research Policy and People 2016, Drakensberg, South Africa 


10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems, 2015, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Russell Tate

Years of experience: 11 Years

Qualifications: M.Sc. Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Countries: Angola, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Republic of Congo,
São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Specialist skills: High Conservation Value Assessments, Aquatic Ecosystem Assessments & Management, Environmental Authorizations, Biodiversity Management, Hydrological Services, Wetland Identification & Management.


Dijkstra KD, Tate RB, Papazian M. 2022. Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Príncipe, São Tomé, and Annobón. Biodiversity of the Gulf of Guinea Oceanic Islands. 371-381.

Thompson LA, Tate RB, Ikenaka Y, Van Vuren JHJ, Wepener V, Smit S, Vlok W, Yohannes YB, Nakayama SMM, Ishizuka M. 2015. Vector-Control Pesticides Disseminating Via International Waterways to Accumulate in Free-Ranging Freshwater and Marine Fish Species. Conference Paper. Fifth International Wildlife Management Congress. Sapporo, Japan.

Tate, RB, Husted A. 2015. Aquatic macroinvertebrate responses to pollution of the Boesmanspruit above Carolina, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science. 40: 153–163. 

Liefferink SL, Tate RB, Malherbe W, Ferreira M, Van Vuren JHJ. 2015. A comparison of Incubation Methods of Zooplankton in Endorheic Pans from the Free State, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science. 39:4, 417–423. 


Tate, RB, Husted A (2014). Bioaccumulation of metals in Tilapia zillii from the Badeni Dam, Cote d’Ivoire. African Journal of Aquatic Science. 39:2, 199–202.

Tate RB, Van Vuren JHJ, Smit NJ. 2013. The use of Hydrocynus vittatus as an indicator of pollution on the Nyamithi Pan and Phongolo River, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa (MSc Dissertation, University of Johannesburg).

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