Dr Phindile Sabela- Rikhotso

Dr Phindile Sabela-Rikhotso

Lecturer • EGS:Dept of Environ & Geographic Science

Room 4.13

Email: phindile.sabela-rikhotso@uct.ac.za


Dr Phindile Sabela-Rikhotso

PhD in Disaster Risk Science, (North-West University), Masters in Disaster Management (University of Free State); Honours in Disaster Risk Science (University of Cape Town); BSc. Environmental & Geographical Science, Ocean & Atmosphere (University of Cape Town).

I am disaster risk scientist passionate about issues pertaining to risk reduction, sustainable development, environmental management, and identifying new and innovative methods for mitigating everyday hazards, especially amongst vulnerable groups. I have in past ten years worked for different spheres of government; Cape Winelands District municipality, the Department of Environmental Affairs, and the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre. This vast experience has fuelled my desire to research further on theories of disaster management, emergency management, crisis management and various approaches to incident management systems. I am interested on finding integrated and collaborative ways that will enhance efficient and effective decision-making in strategic institutions in areas of disaster risk science and marine pollution management.  


-         Sabela-Rikhotso, P.T.Z., van Niekerk, D. and Nemakonde, L.D., 2022. A conceptual model for marine oil spills management in South Africa. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal.

-         Sabela-Rikhotso, P.T.Z., van Niekerk, D. and Nemakonde, L.D., 2022. Enhancing Coordination for Effective Management of Oil Spill Pollution in South Africa. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science13(1), pp.12-24.

-         Sabela-Rikhotso, P.T.Z., Niekerk, D.V. and Nemakonde, L.D., 2021. Oil spills risk management system: challenges and prospects in South Africa. International Journal of Environment and Pollution69(3-4), pp.232-248.

-         Sabela-Rikhotso, P.T.Z., van Niekerk, D. and Nemakonde, L.D., 2021. A critical analysis of the legal frameworks governing oil spill management in South Africa. Marine Policy, 127, p.104433.

-         Lagardien, A., Cousins, D. and Sabela-Rikhotso, P., 2011. Consolidated knowledge from international experience of community led total sanitation (CLTS) for local adaptation to South African conditions.