SANCOLD scholarship

SANCOLD Financial Support for post graduate studies:


SANCOLD has identified the urgent need to update the data and methods used for design flood estimation in South Africa and has initiated a National Flood Studies Programme (NFSP) to update these. To advance this programme, SANCOLD is proud to announce that it has provided for 2018, financial support of R45 000 to each of three students whose research links into furthering this programme.  

This financial support was provided to Nkosinathi Dlamini whose study proposal is “Apply and assess a Joint Probability event based approach to design flood estimation for South African catchments”, Nkululeko Mabila whose research proposal is “Assess the performance of selected simple Continuous Simulation Modelling approaches for Design Flood Estimation in South Africa” and Keanu Singh whose research proposal is “An assessment of data quality and availability on the estimation of design floods in South Africa”.


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Nkosinathi Dlamini   Nkululeko Mabila



They are all studying for their M. Sc. Hydrology degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal under Professor Jeff Smithers. 

Keanu Singh didn’t supply his photo in time for inclusion.

We wish them much success in their studies.

SANCOLD scholarships will assist post-graduate students to undertake studies and research in the general field of Dam Engineering and to take advantage of the best possible training opportunities in South Africa.  These scholarships will allow the holder’s mobility, as well as the freedom to select supervisors in their chosen fields.  The purpose of these scholarships is to support persons who are committed to contributing significantly to research, teaching and professional practice in the field of Dam Engineering in their future careers.

Scholarship 2017: No scholarship has been awarded for 2017. Funding will be used for the National Flood Study Programme (NFSP). 

Scholarship 2015 - 2016: The scholarship was awarded to Frank Denys, who enrolled for a PhD at the University of Stellenbosch. 

The thesis topic for Frank’s PhD is “Fluid Structure Interaction of Piano Key Weirs”.  The research focusses on the interaction between the structural and hydraulic behaviour of Piano Key Weirs (PKWs).  The research study currently underway at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The thin walled nature of PKWs is advantageous from a hydraulic perspective, but potentially weakens the structure from a vibration perspective. These thin walls have relatively low natural frequencies which, under the right conditions, could coincide with those of the fluctuating pressure excitations that are generated by the unique flow dynamics around the structure. Such resonance could lead to fatigue induced failure.

The preliminary results, as presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Labyrinth and Piano Key Weirs (PKW2017) in Vietnam during February, are that there may be structural concerns related to vibrations when it comes to the implementation of thin, steel-plate PKWs. The work includes both physical and numerical modelling, which is ongoing and scheduled for completion at the end of 2017. The formal completion date of the PhD is the end of 2018. 

Frank Denys

Denys Photo scholarship

Scholarship 2014: No scholarship was awarded. 

Scholarship 2012/2013:

The scholarship was awarded to Guy Robertson. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Stellenbosch. The title of his thesis was “Labyrinth weir hydraulics: Validation of CFD Modelling”. He completed his studies in 2014.

Guy Robertson









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