The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) held its 16th Annual Student Conference at Stellenbosch University between 22-15 September 2016, in which it celebrated , a century of geography teaching and research at tertiary level in South Africa. The annual geography student conference is the largest gathering of tertiary level geography students in the country, and stands as an opportunity for students in our diverse field to showcase their research, to attend and learn from a broad variety of presentation sessions, and to engage, debate and network with other geography students from across Southern Africa.

The conference had a significant number of risk related presentations from postgraduate students from various universities across South Africa. these include;

Curtis Mashimbye – University of the Free State 

Drought Risk Assessment in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Maipfi Matovheke – University of Venda

Drought coping strategies: The case of Tshivhuyuni irrigation scheme at Limpopo province South Africa

Mashudu Mudau – University of Venda

The impacts of floods on livelihoods along Dzindi River at Mapate Village Thulamela Municipality

Rendani Munyai – University of Venda

An assessment of flood vulnerability and adaptation: a case study of Hamutsha- Muungamuwe Village, Makhado Municipality

Kobie Krog – North West University

Identifying flood prone areas in the Crocodile West River catchment, North West Province

Tisang Ncube – University of Venda

Tropical cyclone tracks and the occurrence of extreme weather over Southern Africa

Percy Muofhe – University of Venda

Impacts of the 201`5/16 El Niño drought on surface hydrology, crop yields and vegetation in Vhembe district

Hitiyise Mtebule – University of the Free State

An investigation on the relationship between the rural community and immigrant shop owners: Case study of Burgersdorp Village

Kemantha Gounder – University of Kwa Zulu-Natal

Trauma, displacement and reintegration of female migrants: A case study of Isipingo

Alana Johannes – University of the Western Cape

A geography of street harassment: Women of colour and pedestrianism in the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District

Eketsang Madwakasa – University of the Western Cape

Shifting livelihood strategies: Lived experiences of Zimbabwean migrants in De Doorns after the xenophobic attacks

Adrian Paulsen – University of the Western Cape

Making the invisible visible: Geographies of inclusion and exclusion within the context of students with disabilities at UWC

Eunison Mugamu – Stellenbosch University

Experiences of personal safety and security of Zimbabwean migrants living in Strand, Cape Town

Mercia Southon – University of Witwatersrand

Should risks drown opportunities? Exploring flooding impacts on tourist accommodation establishments.

Laura Dotse – University of Witwatersrand

Water scarcity and food security in South Africa: A case study of the Ngqeleni location in Eastern Cape.


For more information concerning the various research themes presented and discussed at the conference, please click the following links below

·       SSAG 2016 Student Conference Programme 

·       Presentation and Poster Abstracts 


The Periperi U partnership would like to officially introduce the University of Buea (UBuea) as its 12th and newest member of the consortium.

The UBuea team is led by Professor Samuel Ayonghe, the Dean of Science at UBuea and director of the newly formed Centre for Hazard Monitoring and Disaster Management (CEDIM). Professor Ayonghe and the CEDIM focus their research upon Seismo-volcanic, hydro-meteorological, and water and food security related risks in Cameroon. Their university is even situated on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, Mongo ma Ndemi, one of the most active volcanoes in the region. Joining the partnership will offer the opportunity for disaster risk related issues, publications and research from Cameroon and the central African region to be promoted and given greater attention both continentally and globally. As well as open opportunities for investment and support for disaster risk related capacity building, academic development and enhancing research through USAID’s financial support of the consortium. Through Periperi U’s support, UBuea aims to establish specialised disaster risk related academic programmes/modules and platforms for short course training.

To see more information, visit Ubuea’s partner page here