Dr. Dumisani J. Hlatywayo

Dr. Dumisani J. Hlatywayo

Executive Dean : Applied Sciences

Experience: 3 Years

Total: 0 Lesson(s)

Email: dumisani.john.hlatywayo@nust.ac.zw

Website: www.nust.ac.zw


PhD Uppsala, BSc Zambia, Dip. PRET, Cert. in Applied Meteorology.


Dr. Dumisani John Hlatywayo is the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor responsible for Academic matters (December 2015 - to  date) at the National University of Science & Technology. He is the substantive Executive Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (2014 to date). He holds a BSc. Degree in Physics (UNZA), a PRET Diploma (London), Cert. in Applied Meteorology (Met. Office College) and a PhD Degree in Geophysics (Uppsala). Dr Hlatywayo joined NUST in 1998 as a lecturer in the Department of Applied Physics. He has served NUST as Senior Lecturer and Chairman of the Department of Applied Physics (1999 - 2010), as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (2010 - 2014), and as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (2014 -to date). He has been a member of the NUST Academic Board (2004 - to date), University Senate (1999 - to date), University Council (2004- to date), and several other Committees of the University. During the period he was Departmental Chairman, his leadership saw the Applied Physics Departmental Board introduce MSc programmes in Lasers & Applied Optics (2003), Geophysics(2003), Medical Physics(2003), Radiography(2010), and two Undergraduate programmes; i.e. BSc(Honours) Degree in Radiography(2002) and BSc(Special Honours) Degree in Radiography(2010). He has also served as an External Examiner for Geophysics to University of Venda (South Africa) (2010-present), and Physics to Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe.

Prior to joining NUST, Dr Hlatywayo worked at Zimuto Secondary School as a Mathematics lecturer (1977), at Mount Silinda as Mathematics and Physics teacher (1978-1979) and as the Headmaster of Mount Silinda High School (1980 - 1981). In 1982, he joined the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services (Ministry of Transport) as a Meteorologist. He was deployed at Thornhill Airbase as Meteorological Aviation Weather Forecaster (1982 -1983) and was transferred to Bulawayo Airport Meteorological  Office (Aviation Weather Forecaster) (1983 - 1987). In 1988 he took up the post of Senior Seismologist and Chief Meteorological Officer in Matebeleland in the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department and soon served  the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services as Officer-in–charge at Goetz Observatory and Principal Seismologist& Chief Meteorological Officer in Matebeleland(1987-1997).


Exploration Geophysics, Groundwater Investigations, Seismotectonics, seismic hazard analysis and mitigation, mining induced seismicity. He has supervised several students at MSc in Geophysics, MPhil, and PhD, as well BSc Honours undergraduate students carrying out Honours Degree theses in the Department of Applied Physics.

Research Awards

In 2002, Dr Hlatywayo won a research Grant of USD 42000.00. The money was used for equipment acquisition to capacity build the Department of Applied Physics in Geophysics.An MSc Geophysics student benefitted from the grant as he carried out his MSc project leading to his MSc thesis which was on crafting a simple seismic acquisition system. Further funding of equal amounts was received consecutively in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 - 2016. The monies has been used primarily to capacity build the department of Applied Physics by acquiring geophysical exploration equipment. The Department is currently well equipped to offer programmes in earth sciences and exploration geophysics.



Dr. D.J Hlatywayo has served in several boards, committees and organisations. He is a member of the NUST University Council, Academic Board, Teaching & Learning Board, Planning & Resource Allocation Committee, NUST Student Affairs Committee, NUST Applied Sciences Higher Degrees Committee, NUST ICT Senate Committee, Academic & Non-academic Staff Appointment Boards,  Academic & Non-academic Staff promotions Committees, NUST Space Allocation Committee, NUST Time Table Committee,SUAS Workshops mainly held to plan for university administrative business including development of the NUST Strategic plan.

Outside the confines of NUST, Dr. Hlatywayo has been a member of the Organising Committee & Sub-committees of the Zimbabwe International Scientific Symposia, the Zimbabwe National Nanotechnology Coordinating Committee(NNCC), Zimbabwe IUGG National Committee (Seismology)(1995-2003), Sub-Saharan Africa Global Earthquake Model(GEM) ESARSWG Coordinator(2010-2013), American Geophysical Union(AGU) Member and Zimbabwe National IUGG Committee (IASPEI Rep.), the Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Seismological  Working Group (ESARSWG) as a Committee Member(1995-2002), ESARSWG Chairman(2008-present). From 2008 to 2011, he presided over a triennial USD 700 000.00 International Science Programs Research Grant (Sweden). Between 2012 and 2016, the ESARSWG has enjoyed three grants in excess of USD60 000.00. The money has been used in geophysical work in networking seismology through workshops producing shared seismic data and capacity building of scientists and technicians, and, geophysical exploration field campaigns in Malawi and Tanzania.


Publications by Dr. Dumisani John Hlatywayo

Midzi, V., Hlatywayo, D.J.,Chapola, L.S., Kebede, F., Atakan, K., Lombe, D.K. (1999). Seismic Hazard Assessment in Eastern and Southern Africa,... Annals of Geophysics 42 (6)

Hlatywayo, D.J (1992) Seismicity of Zimbabwe duringthe Period 1959-1990

Muchingami, I., Hlatywayo, D.J., Nel, J.M., Chuma, C. (2012) Electrical Resistivity Survey for Groundwater Investigations and Shallow Subsurface Evaluation ofthe Basaltic-Greenstone Formation ofthe Urban Bulawayo Aquifer, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts AlBIC 50, 44-51

Chuma, C., Orimoogunje, O.O.I., Hlatywayo, D.J.&Akinyede, J. (2013). Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in Determining the Groundwater Potential inthe Crystalline Basement of Bulawayo Metropolitan Area, Zimbabwe, Scientific Research Publishing

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1997) Seismic Hazard in Central Southern Africa, Geophysical Journal International 130 (3), 737-745

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1995) Fault-Plane Solutions oftheDeka Fault Zone and Mid-Zambezi Valley, Geophysical Journal International 120 (3), 567-576

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1995) Seismotectonicsand Seismic Hazard Estimates In Central Southern Africa, Uppsala: Univ.: Stockholm: Almqvist&Wiksellinternational

Hlatywayo, D.J.&Midzi, V. (1995) Determination ofLg-Wave Attenuation Using Single-Station Seismograms: A Case Study for Zimbabwe, Geophysical Journal International 123 (1), 291-296

Baricholo, P., Hlatywayo, D.J., Von Bergmann, H.M., Stehmann, T. &Rohwer, E. (2011).Influence of Gas Discharge Parameters on Emissions from A Dielectric Barrier Discharge Excited Argon Excimer Lamp, South African Journal of Science 107 (11-12),01-07

Shumba, B.T., Hlatywayo, D.J.&Midzi, V., (2009). Focal Mechanism Solution of The 15th March 2008, Nyamandlovu Earthquake, South African Journal of Geology 112 (3-4), 381-386

Macheyeki, I.T.A.S., Mdala, H., Chapola, L.S, Manhiҁa, V.J., Chisambi, J., P. &Hlatywayo, D.J. (2015). Active Fault Mapping In Karonga-Malawi afterthe December 19, 2009 Ms 6.2 Seismic Event, Journal of African Earth Sciences 102, 233-246

Chuma, C. &Hlatywayo, D.J. (2014). Spatial Analysis ofthe Regional Structural Lineaments and Regional Tectonics of South-Western Zimbabwe, Africa Array January 2014 Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa

Hlatywayo, D.J. & Sakala, E. (2014). Resolving Optimum Magnetic Signatures For Drill-Hole Targeting In Gold Exploration-A Case Study For Mbudzane In Gwanda, Zimbabwe, International Journal of Geography and Geology 3 (1), 9-29

Hlatywayo, D.J., Midzi, V., Muchingami, I., Mashingaidze, R.T., Zulu, J. &Chuma, C. (2013) Modelling The Subsurface Geology and Groundwater Occurrence Of The Matsheumhlope Low Yielding Aquifer In Bulawayo Urban, Zimbabwe, Canadian Center of Science and Education

Ayele, A., Midzi, V., Ateba, B., Mulabisana, T., Marimira, K. & Hlatywayo, D.J. (2013). Earthquake Hazard and Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa: Current Status ofthe Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Initiative inthe Region, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 15, 1181

Hlatywayo, D.J. (2013). Geospatial Analysis oftheAquiferous Potential Zones In the Crystalline Basement of Bulawayo Metropolitan Area, Zimbabwe, the International Astronautical Federation

Collier, M., Hlatywayo, D.J., Rohwer, E.G., Stehmann, T. & Baricholo, P. (2011).  Dielectric Barrier Discharge C02 Tea Laser Operated At Frequencies Up To 400 HZ, SA Institute of Physics

Lobb, A., Nleya, M.B., Bebova, S.A., Nyoni, B., Nyoni, T., Ncube, S. & Hlatywayo, D.J. (2009) High Frequency Mesh Network for Control and Sensor Arrays, Statistics 2000 (2), 1993-1999

Lombe, D.K., Hlatywayo, D.J., Atakan, K., Kebede, F., Chapola, L.S & Midzi, V.  Seismic Hazard Assessment in Eastern and Southern Africa, ANNALI DI GEOFISICA,

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1999). Challenges and Accomplishments ofthe Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Seismological Working Group
Ngwenya, S., Mangena, S.B., Trimble, J., Hlatywayo, D.J., Chilumani, K.R. An Ontology-based framework for mobile learning in rural secondary schools. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation & Development

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1985). Airmass circulation. Proceedings of the sixth form teacher's workshop, 2. 8 - 14.

Hlatywayo, D.J.  (1989). Characteristics of a simple solar panel applicable to a rural setting in Zimbabwe. Met. Notes Series. Zimbabwe.

Hlatywayo, D.J. (1992). Seismicity of Zimbabwe and surrounding areas during the period 1959 - 1990. Seismol. Dept., Uppsala. Report, 3 - 92. 1-98.

Hlatywayo, D.J.  (1995). Fault-plane solutions of the Dekafault, zone mid Zambezi Valley. Geophys. J. Int., 120, 567 - 576.

Hlatywayo, D.J.&Midzi, V.  (1995). Determination of Lg-wave attenuationusing single station seismograms: A case study for Zimbabwe. Geophys. .J. Int. 123, 291 - 196.

Hlatywayo, D.J.  (1997). Seismic hazard estimates in Central Southern Africa. Geophys. J. Int. 130, 737 - 745.

Hlatywayo, D.J.& Jonathan, E. (1997). Seismic data catalogues and attenuation relations - A general review on data available in Eastern and Southern Africa region; Regional International Training Course (1997) on seismology and seismic hazard assessment, InternerBericht. GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, German

Midzi, V., Hlatywayo, D.J.,Chapola, L.S., Kebede, F., Atakan, K., Lombe, D.K., Turyomurugyendo, G &Tugume, F.A (1999). Seismic hazard assessment in Eastern and Southern Africa; Annali di Geofisica. 42, 6, 1067 - 1083.

Hlatywayo, D.J. (2001).           Seismotectonics of Zimbabwe, Africa J. Sc. and Technology, 1, 4, 2-28.

Hlatywayo, D.J., & Midzi, V. (2005).  Report on the invetigations into the location, causes and the effects of the 25th June 2004 Bulawayo- Nyamandlovu earthquake, Harare. Government of Zimbabwe, 13pp.

Baricholo P., Gholap.,  A.V., von Bergmann,  H. M., Mathuthu, M.  & Hlatywayo, D.J. (1997). Design, fabrication and characterization of longitudinality excited CO2  laser. Conference on laser development and technology, Nigeria. Conference proceedings

Shumha, B., Hlatywayo, D.J.& Midzi, V.  (2009) Focal mechanism solution of the 15th March 2008, Nyamandlovuearthquake. South African Journal of Geology, Volume 112, 381-386

Hlatywayo, D.J. (2009). Challenges and accomplishment of the Eastern, and Southern Africa Regional Seismological Working Group. Regional and Inter Regional Cooperation to Strengthen Basic Sciences in Developing Countries, Addis Ababa, 1- 4 September 2009, Proceedings of an International Conference

Workshops & Conferences

 2012 Global Earthquake Model Sub-Sahara Africa Region Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya, December 20 11,

2011 Baricholo Peter, StehmannTimo Hlatywayo, Dumisani John, RohwerErich, Collier Mike, Bergmann Hubertus. Dielectric barrier discharge C02 TEA laser operated at frequencies up to 400Hz; SAIP 2011.

2011 Regional Workshop on Seismic Bulletin preparation and preliminary hazard considerations. March 2011, Kampala, Uganda.

2010 Regional Workshop on Active Fault-mapping in the Tanganyika Malawi transform zone, Nairobi, Kenya. October 2010.

2009 Regional Workshop on Global Earthquake Model (GEM), Nairobi,Kenya, November 12-16.

2009 International Workshop on Networks (Reference Group Meeting) Uppsala, Sweden, 12- 14 October

2009 Regional and Inter-Regional Cooperation to Strengthen Basic Sciences in Developing Countries, Addis Ababa, 1-4 September 2009

2009 ESARSWG Regional workshop on Active Fault mapping in the Rukwa region, Dar es Salam, Tanzania, 04 - 08 August.

2009 ESAESWG Regional Planning workshop on Active Fault mapping in the Rukwa region, Dar es Salam, Tanzania. April

2008 Regional Conference Paper on Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Seismological Working Group [ESARSWG] seismic networks; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October.

2008 AfricaArray workshop - A Regional workshop on seismological monitoring work, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 7 - 14

1997 Regional International Training Course on Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment - Oct 22 - 2 Dec. Nairobi, Kenya.1996     African Workshop on GSETT-3 and the CTBT 22 -24 April. Council for Geosciences, Pretoria, South Africa.

1995 Probabilistic Seismic Hazard analysis of Central and Southern Africa. Proceedings of the 1995 IUGG General Assembly held in Denver, Colorado, USA July - August.

1995 Workshop on Eastern and Southern Africa Seismological workshop, March 11-16, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [Preliminary test results for seismic hazard in Eastern and Southern Africa using EQUIRISK by Maquire]

 1994 Workshop on Eastern and Southern Africa Seismological Working Group in Bulawayo; March 07 -15, 1994.

1994 Lusaka ESARS Workshop and Training Course on Seismological practice: 08 - 24 August 1994

1988 IASPEI 18th General Assembly, Istanbul, Turkey, July-August

1986 UNESCO International Training Course on Seismology. Tectonics and Seismic risk assessment, Oct 21 - Nov 18. Nairobi, Kenya.

1986 I UGG General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, August